On 14th October, the US Treasury advised that OFAC had taken action against 2 ministries and 3 senior Turkish Government officials in response to Turkey’s military operations in Syria. The Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, as well as the Minister of National Defence, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and the Minister of the Interior – Hulisi AKAR, Fatih DONMEZ and Suleyman SOYLU – are designated. Persons that engage in certain transactions with those designated may themselves be exposed to designation; and any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates any significant financial transactions for or on behalf of the persons designated could be subject to US correspondent or payable through account sanctions. The Treasury stresses that the action is not intended to affect or disrupt the operation of international humanitarian NGO or the UN in Turkey in rendering humanitarian assistance to Syrian communities in need.
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