The House of Representatives today approved with bipartisan support further sanctions against the Turkish government and its military for the offensive it executed in northeast Syria in early October, although it is unknown whether the Senate will finally give the green light to this punishment.
The measure was approved after a vote with the result 403-16, in which 176 Republicans voted in favor of it.
“Today, Democrats and Republicans unite to demonstrate the strong and intelligent leadership that the White House has lacked, while the House passes this tough and specific sanctions bill to hold the Turks accountable for their attacks on our Kurdish partners,” said Lower House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a liberal, in the plenary session of the Legislature.
One of the two legislators who presented the legislative proposal, Republican Michael McCaul, considered that this initiative “sends a strong message to adversaries abroad.
If approved by the Senate and subsequently ratified by President Donald Trump, which is unlikely, the measure would sanction officials involved in the Turkish offensive and banks involved in that country’s defense sector until Ankara ends its military operations in Syria.
In addition, it would order the White House to impose additional sanctions on Turkey for the purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile systems and prohibit the export of U.S. arms to the Turkish army.
The vote came after the Trump Administration decided to lift sanctions on the Turkish Government last week after Ankara committed to a permanent ceasefire.
A few days earlier, the Trump Executive had sanctioned the Turkish Ministries of National Defence and Energy and the incumbents of National Defence, Hulusi Akar; the Minister of the Interior, Suleyman Soylu; and the Minister of Energy, Fatih Donmez, whose assets had been frozen in the United States and banned from entering the country.