Angered by their NATO ally’s ties to Russia, American officials want Ankara to comply with their sanctions regime
American officials flew to Ankara this week to press Turkish officials and business leaders into compliance with Washington’s anti-Russian sanctions, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. With Türkiye taking a neutral position on the conflict in Ukraine, the US has issued the country several warnings.
Led by the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes, Elizabeth Rosenberg, the US delegation met the Turkish central bank governor and business groups in Ankara and Istanbul earlier this week, the report stated. Rosenberg met with local treasury officials on Wednesday for private talks, Bloomberg’s sources added.
Rosenberg served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. It is a think tank heavily supported by the weapon industry. While working for the Treasury under the Obama administration she was responsible for the creation of sanctions against Iran, Libya and Syria.
The Treasury Department did not comment on the content of Rosenberg’s talks, nor did Bloomberg’s sources. However, US officials have previously expressed displeasure with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s refusal to sanction Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine, and the Americans have mounted a pressure campaign against Ankara, with some results.
Reports indicate that both the US and EU are considering a merger “negative actions”Turkish Deputy Financial Minister Yunus Elitas spoke out against the Turkish economy and assured the US, August 12, that his country was in good standing. “would not allow the breaching of sanctions by any institution or person.” Then, following a warning by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control last month, all five Turkish banks that were handling Russia’s Mir payment cards abandoned the system.
Erdogan has, however, continued to deepen his country’s ties to Russia. Over the course of four months, Erdogan met with Vladimir Putin his Russian counterpart four times. Most recently, he agreed to Putin’s proposal to create an international gas transit hub in Türkiye following a meeting in Kazakhstan last week.
Erdogan leveraged relations with Moscow, Kiev and other countries to establish himself as mediator between them. Although peace talks earlier this year in Istanbul bore no fruit – allegedly thanks to the interference of then-UK prime minister Boris Johnson, Erdogan won international praise for overseeing talks that led to the resumption of grain shipments across the Black Sea from Ukrainian ports in August.