US should not forget they can lose close ally - Erdogan
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29
Turkey will not change its position regarding the arrest of American pastor Andrew Brunson, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Turkish media reported.
Erdogan said he sees in the threats from the US "psychological warfare." "We will not back down with sanctions. We did not trade in the Brunson issue", Turkish leader said.
Erdogan added that the US should not forget that they can lose a close ally.
Trump promised earlier to impose "large sanctions" against Turkey for the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who is accused of aiding the coup attempt in Turkey in 2016.
"The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being. He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!" Trump tweeted.
Vice President Mike Pence stated the possibility of imposition of sanctions previously.
A court in the Turkish province of Izmir decided July 25 to transfer under house arrest American pastor Andrew Brunson, whom Ankara suspects aiding the coup attempt in 2016. Branson was prohibited to leave the territory of Turkey by a court decision dated July 25. The same court a week ago rejected the motion for release of the pastor. The next hearing on Brunson’s case has been scheduled for October 12.