Turkey says U.S. sanctions bill shows Syria operation resentment

A U.S. Senate Turkey sanctions bill approved by the Foreign Relations Committee shows profound disappointment over suffering a heavy blow to a project which it had carefully planned for a long time, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. 

The ministry said the sanctions bill, which aims to punish Turkey both over its military operation in north Syria launched in October and its decision to acquire Russian S-400 missile systems, was a display of disrespect to Turkey’s decisions on national security. 

“The main cause of this [the sanctions] is the deep disappointment over the heavy blow we have dealt to the long and carefully planned project," the ministry said.

It said such moves achieved nothing but damage to relations between Turkey and the United States, adding that passing the bill after a similar bill was adopted by the House of Representatives showed Washington’s unwillingness to understand Turkey’s position. 

The ministry called on the U.S. Congress to act constructively and with common sense. 

The bill passed in the committee requires the U.S. President to impose on Turkey five or more of the 12 sanctions in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). 

It also demands an investigation into war crimes committed by the Turkish military and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in north Syria and a report on the net worth of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.