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White House Expresses Frustration With Continued Detention of US Pastor in Turkey

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Ginger Lawrence | 15 August, 2018, 23:00

Brunson was moved to house arrest in July 2018.

In a direct threat against the White House, Erdoğan warned USA president Trump, who signed off the sanctions, of unspecified consequences for punishing Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a phone call to the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, a day after the British Financial Times reported that Erdogan would turn to Qatar in his latest feud with US President Donald Trump.

"Tax rates on imports of some products have been increased on a reciprocal basis against the USA administration's deliberate attacks on our economy", the country's vice president, Fuat Oktay, said in a pair of tweets.

Tariffs are more than doubling for American cars and alcohol, for instance, to 120 per cent and 140 per cent, respectively.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States of stabbing Turkey in the back and on Tuesday called for a boycott of U.S. electronics products.

The escalating dispute between the two countries has exacerbated Turkey's economic crisis, pushing the lira to record lows.

A spokesman for the Turkish president has said Washington must stop trying to influence Turkey's judiciary.

American pastor Andrew Brunson has received another setback as he remains detained by the regime in Turkey.

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He said that was likely to happen by the end of business on Wednesday.

She said Turkey would continue to "protect the rights of Turkish companies and retaliate" against unjust actions by the United States.

On Wednesday, a Turkish court in the Aegean province of Izmir, where Brunson is on trial, rejected the pastor's appeal to be released from house arrest.

Gulen has denied the charges, and the us has rejected every request to force him from his compound in Pennsylvania to stand trial in Turkey.

An upper court had yet to rule on the appeal, his lawyer told Reuters. Brunson, who faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty, has denied the charges which Washington believes are politically motivated. In the case of trade with countries the United States is trying to ban trade with, like Iran, it's virtually impossible.

"Turkey is also putting more importance on European Union countries to avoid a full confrontation with the West", he said.

"We've already seen settlements in national currencies between Russian Federation and the BRICS", he said, referring to the bloc that also includes Brazil, India, China and South Africa.

Although preference for Apple products is strong, their already high prices are curbing demand, Yavuz said adding that the boycott "is expected to reduce Apple's performance in the country in the upcoming quarters".

Lavrov, alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, also declared, "We are at a turning point, without exaggeration, in world history" from dominance by a single power toward a multipolar environment.