With the passage of days, the noose is tightening the screws on the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as the international sanctions machine turns against it.
After European Union leaders decided to punish Ankara for its “aggressive” actions in the eastern Mediterranean, the US Treasury announced the imposition of sanctions on the Turkish Defense Industries Authority on Monday.
The US Treasury said, in a statement, that the sanctions imposed on Turkey target the Turkish Defense Industries Authority and its Chairman, Ismail Demir.
The statement also announced the imposition of sanctions on 3 other Turks related to the head of the Turkish Defense Industries Authority.
For his part, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Turkey’s sanctions for its purchase of the Russian S-400 system.
He added, “The sanctions on Turkey include the ban on all American export licenses and permits granted to the Turkish Defense Procurement Agency.”
The sanctions include a ban on all US export licenses and permits for the Defense Industries Administration, an asset freeze for Dr. Ismail Demir, head of the Defense Industries Department, and other officials of it, and visa restrictions on them.
US sanctions against Turkey… Erdogan is under siege.
The leaders of the European Union had decided during their meeting in Brussels last Thursday to punish Ankara for its aggressive actions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
This decision comes days after the European Parliament voted by a large majority on a non-binding recommendation to impose harsh sanctions on Turkey because of its actions in Cyprus that impede unifying the two parts of the island.
And Erdogan’s regime has become between the “jaws” of US sanctions on the one hand and European sanctions, on the other hand, as Ankara’s aggressive behavior continues.
The policies of the Erdogan regime threatened the interests of the United States and its allies in the eastern Mediterranean, which led to an imminent confrontation between Greece and Cyprus.
In a previous statement to Al-Ain Al-Akhbar, the former Egyptian Foreign Minister, Muhammad Al-Orabi, called on the international community to tighten Turkey’s sanctions to stop the hostile actions of the Erdogan regime.
Ambassador Mohamed Al-Orabi downplayed the impact of the sanctions imposed by the European Union and the US Congress simultaneously to deter the Turkish president’s regime and stop its aggressive actions and blatant interference in the affairs of the countries of the region.
He stressed the need to “send decisive messages to the Erdogan regime, after it became an internationally rejected country, and to work to impose more decisive sanctions, including a complete ban on arms imports to Turkey, and the reduction of its diplomatic missions in countries of the world.”
To achieve its colonial project, Ankara threatened many countries’ security and stability in the region and the Eastern Mediterranean region due to its military adventures.
For more than a year, the intensity of Turkish interventions increased by crossing its international borders to reach Cyprus, Greece, Libya, and other borders that are still the subject of discussions of the border countries, by deploying ships to explore for traditional energy sources.
From the ambitions of eastern Mediterranean gas to Libya, where Ankara is involved in direct support for terrorist militias that control Tripoli, amid international condemnation of Turkey’s destabilizing role in Libya and the region.