Syria suspends imports from Turkey
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 30 / Trend , A.Tagiyeva /
Syrian authorities have announced the suspension of all imports from Turkey after Sept. 25 based on Prime Minister Adil Safar's order, the CNN Turk television channel reported.
This decision also nullifies the agreement to import goods from Turkey to Syria worth $1.152 billion million.
The Turkish Economy Ministry confirmed with Syrian authorities the complete cessation of trade between the two countries.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country's "patience has ended" due to developments in Syria, calling on President Bashar al-Assad to stop the violence in the country and resign.
Syrian Presidential Adviser Buseyna Shaaban, in turn, said that Ankara will obtain a "strong response" if it accuses Syria of violence against demonstrators.
Last week, the EU announced its intention to apply a new package of sanctions against Syria, which includes a ban on investment toward Syria's oil sector, international bank lending provisions, acquisition and expansion of a stake in Syrian companies, as well as the joint venture.
Mass protests in Syria began in mid March in Dera'a, the country's south, then spreading to other regions. According to Syria's Presidential Adviser Bouthaina Shaaban, 1,400 people died. Half of those dead were members of the army and security forces. According to the UN, there are 3,600 people dead.
The opposition is demanding the resignation of Syria's President Asad and seeking political reforms. The regime's opponents have formed a Transitional National Council to form an oppositional body of power.