Germany has lifted its economic sanctions on Turkey after Ankara ended its two-year state of emergency. Its sanctions consisted of a €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) limit on export guarantees to Turkey imposed in July 2017 after the detention of a German human rights campaigner and five other activists, including the head of Amnesty International in Turkey.
Meanwhile last week (26 July), US President Donald Trump tweeted that the US will impose “large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson”. Andrew Brunson, an evangelical minister, has been detained on charges of involvement in a failed 2016 coup in Turkey. He has recently been moved to house arrest. In response, Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release stating that “[n]o one can give orders to Turkey and threaten our country. The rhetoric of threat against Turkey is unacceptable. … As regards the Brunson case, necessary information has been provided to our U.S. counterparts on various occasions and it has been clearly expressed that this issue is totally within the competence of the independent Turkish judiciary.”
On 26 July, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a Bill committing the US to opposing any international credit offers to Turkey. The Bill will now move to the full chamber of the Senate. A similar Bill was also introduced in the US House of Representatives.