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New U.S. sanctions target Hamas, Islamic State, other groups

The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a “wide range of terrorists and their supporters,” including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The targets include 15 leaders, individuals and entities affiliated with groups… Read More

House Foreign Affairs Urges Sanctions for Turkey S-400 Purchase

Members of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee are pressuring President Donald Trump to sanction Turkey for the purchase of the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft missile system. The Trump administration said last month that it wouldn’t allow Turkey to buy and help build the F-35… Read More

Turkish Bank Ziraat Closes Door on Venezuela Amid U.S. Sanctions

Ziraat Bank, Turkey’s largest bank by assets, has stopped offering services to Venezuela’s Central Bank in wake of tougher U.S. sanctions that raise the stakes for companies that do business with the Caribbean nation. The Ankara-based state bank confirmed the closing of its account without providing further details. Venezuela’s… Read More
9th August 2019
Pakistan is looking to China and two other developing nations for support in avoiding tough financial sanctions, amid signs it is running out of time to meet global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing standards, according to people familiar with the matter. The government in Islamabad expects it will fail to… Read More
5th August 2019
China and other countries are receiving oil shipments from a larger number of Iranian tankers than was previously known, defying sanctions imposed by the United States to choke off Tehran’s main source of income, an investigation by The New York Times has found. The Times examined the movements of more… Read More
24th July 2019
AP — A Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade economic sanctions has been released from a U.S. prison, his defense attorney said Tuesday. Mehmet Hakan Atilla was released from prison Friday and surrendered to U.S. immigration officials to await deportation, attorney Victor Rocco said. It was not immediately clear… Read More
15th July 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump has the authority to waive sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of Russian air defence systems and should find a “middle ground” in the dispute, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday. Erdogan’s comments came two days after NATO member Turkey took delivery of the first consignment… Read More
28th June 2019
AP — Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper made it clear to Turkey on Wednesday that it will face economic sanctions if it goes ahead with the purchase of a Russian missile defense system, as the standoff between the two NATO allies dragged on. Esper met with Turkish Defense Minister… Read More
6th May 2019
Turkey will never bow to U.S. sanctions over its agreement to purchase Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday regarding a deal that has strained ties between the NATO allies. Washington says the systems are not compatible with NATO equipment and may compromise its… Read More
17th April 2019
AP — Turkey “expects” the Trump administration to grant it waivers from U.S. sanctions related to its purchases of Iranian oil and Russian air defenses, a top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. Presidential spokesman and senior adviser Ibrahim Kalin told a news conference he couldn’t be… Read More
27th February 2019
On February 7th, Kollmorgen Corporation (“Kollmorgen”) of Radford, Virginia, agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for six apparent Iran sanctions regulations violations by its Turkish affiliate Elsim Elektroteknik Sistemler Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (“Elsim”). Despite significant preventative, investigatory, and remedial… Read More
19th November 2018
The CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating President Donald Trump’s efforts to preserve ties with a key U.S. ally. The sources said the CIA had briefed other parts of the… Read More
15th November 2018
Geneva prosecutors said on Tuesday they are looking at whether Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) exercised adequate oversight of money deposited in its accounts that belonged to Turkish investors who suffered losses. Two independent asset managers who used Credit Suisse accounts to deposit money from wealthy Turkish clients are suspected of covering… Read More