Trump Threatens Sanctions on Turkey over Pastor Andrew Brunson

(From BBC News)

US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence have threatened Turkey with sanctions if it fails to release jailed pastor Andrew Brunson.

The evangelical from North Carolina has been in detention for nearly two years, accused of having links to banned political groups.

However, President Trump demanded his immediate release, or Turkey, a Nato ally, would face “large sanctions”.

The Turkish foreign ministry called the US demands “unacceptable”.

“No-one can give orders to Turkey and threaten our country,” said spokesperson Hami Aksoy.

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