Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Markets | By Jeffery Armstrong

Erdogan vows Turkey will not be cowed by US

Erdogan vows Turkey will not be cowed by US

Brunson, 50, was indicted by a Turkish court on charges of having links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group and the movement of the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan.

The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, as Qatar pledged US$15 billion in investment to Turkey, supporting a rise in the Turkish lira.

ANKARA - A day after two major ratings agencies downgraded Turkey closer to junk status amid a currency crisis, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would challenge those playing "games" on the economy.

President Donald Trump criticized Turkey on Friday, saying the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally is not a friend to the US and had made up espionage charges against an American pastor detained in the country.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has consolidated power over the central bank, and pushed for it to refrain from raising interest rates to support the currency, as experts say it should.

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Brunson is now on trial and held on house arrest, with few indications that Turkish officials intend to comply with the demands - despite the bullying attempt with USA sanctions that were leveled against them two weeks ago.

The Turkish lira has been in a steady slide and reached an all-time low earlier this week.

The United States has imposed sanctions on two Turkish government ministers and doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports.

Turkey retaliated with 533 million dollars (£419 million) of tariffs on some United States imports - including cars, tobacco and alcoholic drinks - and said it would boycott U.S. electronic goods.

The Turkish president emphasized Turkey's determination to eliminate all threats from Syria and Iraq.

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"Some are threatening us with economy, sanctions, exchange rates, interests and inflation".

Ebbing concerns over the fallout from the Turkish lira's recent slide also helped strengthen the euro against the dollar. "Would the amount of Turkey's debts decrease?"

Mr Trump wrote in a tweet late on Thursday: "We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!" They are now holding our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage.

According to the Middle East Eye, officials in Ankara are willing to concede to U.S. demands for the freedom of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical preacher accused of playing a role in the attempted coup there in 2016.

The fight between Turkey and the USA has escalated in recent weeks, with Brunson's detainment as a flashpoint.

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Evangelical pastor Andrew Craig Brunson faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted of espionage and terror-related charges.

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