Turkey has vowed to retaliate against a recent US move to sanction two ministers of the cabinet of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted by media Friday as saying that Ankara was preparing to respond to Washington in equal measures.
“US attempts to impose sanctions on our two ministers will not go unanswered,” Cavusoglu was quoted to have twitted.
“We have said from the start that the other side’s threatening language and sanctions will not get any result. We repeated this today,” he said after a meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Singapore.
On Wednesday, the White House announced that it was imposing sanctions on Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.
The sanctions involve freezing any property or assets on the US soil held by the two ministers. The sanctions also prevent American citizens from doing any business with the two ministers.
Late last month, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that his country “will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson.”