U.S. Sanctions Turkish Government for Syrian Military Action

U.S. Sanctions Turkish Government for Syrian Military Action


By: Michael T. Gershberg, Justin A. Schenck, Avani Uppalapati

On October 14, 2019, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) authorizing wide-ranging sanctions on those contributing to the instability in Syria, specifically targeting the Turkish government and officials.  The EO authorizes blocking sanctions on the Turkish government, current and former Turkish government officials, sectors of the Turkish economy to be determined by OFAC, and persons involved in threatening the peace, security, and territorial integrity of Syria, and committing human rights abuses in relation to the conflict in Syria.  In addition, the EO authorizes secondary sanctions against foreign financial institutions that conduct significant transactions with the newly blocked persons. OFAC has already designated the Turkish Ministries of National Defence and Energy and Natural Resources and three government ministers as blocked persons under this EO.

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