US Senators Lindsey Graham and Democrat Chris Van Hollen unveiled a proposal on Wednesday to punish Turkey strictly if it does not withdraw its troops from Syria.
The proposal would impose on President Donald Trump’s administration to freeze assets belonging to the highest Turkish officials in the United States, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
He is also targeting Turkey’s energy sector, according to a text posted on Twitter by Lindsey Graham, who is usually close to Trump, but has taken a stand against him regarding the Turkish attack.
Van Hollen said in a tweet published on Wednesday, on his official account on the site “Twitter” after the announcement of Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the launch of a military operation in northeast Syria against the Kurdish “YPG”, which fought with the United States “IS” “Turkey must pay a heavy price for attacking our Syrian Kurdish partners”.
“Senators from both sides won’t support abandoning the only regional group that has the primary responsibility for suppressing ISIS”, Hollen said.
Work is underway on a bipartisan bill on sanctions.
He said US President Donald Trump “likes to claim to have defeated ISIS”.
Our forces in partnership with the Syrian Kurds have made great progress, but much work remains to be done, ISIS celebrates Trump’s betrayal”.
For his part, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, through “Twitter”, similar criticisms to the President of his country, while pledged to make efforts in Congress “to make Erdogan pay a heavy price” to launch the process on the “allies” of the United States.
Graham has previously threatened Turkey with sanctions from the US Congress, saying the measures, which he works with in cooperation with Van Hollen, would be “broad, deep and destructive”.
The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that his country launched a military operation on behalf of the “spring of peace” northeast of Syria “to clear these territories of terrorists”, referring to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which Ankara considers an arm of the PKK and is active As part of the “Syrian Democratic Forces” supported by the United States in the framework of the campaign against “IS”.
The operation, the third for Turkey in Syria, was launched after months of unsuccessful negotiations between Turkey and the United States on the establishment of a “safe zone” in northeast Syria to resolve the tension between the Turkish side and the Kurds peacefully, but these efforts did not result in achieving this goal due to differences Between the parties on the operation of this mechanism.
Turkey began its new operations after the United States announced on Monday the withdrawal of its troops from northeastern Syria by a decision from Trump, a move strongly criticized by the Kurds.