BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The relationship between the United States and Turkey is in danger due to the U.S.’ threats of sanctions, Erdogan stated on Sunday.
“We will not take a step back when faced with sanctions,” Erdogan said, as quoted by TRT Haber.
“They should not forget that they will lose a sincere partner,” he added.
Earlier this week, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to sanction Turkey if Ankara did not release American pastor Andrew Brunson.
Brunson was arrested shortly after the failed coup in 2016; he was accused of supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
If Brunson is convicted of aiding the PKK, he faces 35 years in a Turkish prison.