The imposition of sanctions on two Turkish officials by Washington over the detention of an American pastor identified as Andrew Brunson has been condemned by Ankara.
The foreign ministry of Turkey has called on Washington to reverse its “wrong decision” and also added that its ‘aggressive attitude serves no purpose’.
Turkey’s foreign ministry said in a written statement on Thursday: “The decision, which disrespectfully intervenes in our judicial system, will seriously damage the constructive efforts made in order to resolve problems between the two countries.”
It added that the US’ “aggressive attitude serves no purpose,” and vowed that it would respond in equal measure.
According to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s administration sanctioned Turkey’s minister of justice and minister of interior over the holding of 50-year-old pastor.
Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades was detained by a court in Turkey on charges bordering on spying and terrorism and now faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty.
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