WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers referred to as for extra sanctions on Turkey on Thursday over its offensive in Syria, saying they hoped to push Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan – and U.S. President Donald Trump – to alter course.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen introduced one invoice, which might goal Turkish officers, finish U.S. navy cooperation with the NATO ally and mandate sanctions over Turkey’s buy of a Russian S-400 missile protection system.
Leaders of the Senate Overseas Relations and Home of Representatives Overseas Affairs committees additionally launched sanctions measures, with most of the identical provisions.
Graham, a lead sponsor of 1 proposal, predicted that it might go the Senate with sufficient assist to beat a potential veto by Trump.
Usually an ardent defender of fellow Republican Trump, Graham has questioned the president’s choice to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria, paving the best way for a Turkish offensive towards Kurdish fighters who till not too long ago had been serving to U.S. forces combat Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
“Congress goes to talk with a really agency, singular voice, that we’ll impose sanctions within the strongest measure potential towards this Turkish outrage that can result in the re-emergence of ISIS, the destruction of an ally, the Kurds and ultimately profit to Iran to the detriment of Israel,” he instructed a information convention.
Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama and Tom Brown