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Ankara lashes out at Trump’s remarks over detained pastor

Turkey on Thursday rebuked threats by US President Donald Trump that it would face “large” sanctions, unless it released detained American pastor Andrew Brunson.

“No one dictates Turkey. We will never tolerate threats from anybody. Rule of law is for everyone; no exception,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted by Turkey’s Anaolu news agency as saying.

Trump tweeted earlier today: “The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson.” The Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Hami Aksoy said: “Turkey is a sovereign state with a deep-rooted democratic tradition and political order which upholds the rule of law.” “No one can give orders to Turkey and threaten our country. The rhetoric of threat against Turkey is unacceptable,” he challenged.

He called on Washington “to leave aside this wrongful rhetoric and come back to the existing framework of constructive dialogue that we have been engaged in so far”.

American pastor Andrew Brunson was put under house arrest Wednesday after being detained in the Aegean province of Izmir in December 2016 for allegedly spying for the PKK, which Turkey accuses of orchestrating the July 2016 coup attempt.

Source: Kuwait News Agency