After the Turkish invasion of Syria, US President Donald Trump has announced sanctions against Turkey. In a statement Trump said, inter alia, because of the "destabilizing actions of Turkey in Northeast Syria" punitive tariffs on steel imports from Turkey would be raised to 50 percent. In addition, the US government will "promptly" break off negotiations on a trade agreement.

Current and former government members of Turkey and anyone contributing to the actions of Turkey in northeastern Syria could be sanctioned, it said. There was no further information at first.

Trump had previously threatened sanctions. It was only on Sunday that the President repeatedly warned that the US would "impose very fast, strong and harsh economic sanctions" if Turkey failed to honor its commitments.

Turkey had begun its military mission on Wednesday. He is mainly against the Kurdish militia YPG. The Turkish government considers the YPG as an offshoot of the banned Kurdish workers' party PKK and thus as a terrorist organization.