On 17th October, Defense One reported that the United States will remove its sanctions on Turkish officials in exchange for a ceasefire that leaves Turkey’s forces in north-eastern Syria. President Erdogan had agreed to “pause” his offensive against the Kurdish YPG fighters while the US “facilitates” their withdrawal from the border zone over a period of 120 hours.  After the Kurds leave a “permanent” ceasefire would be put in place and the US would lift its just-imposed sanctions imposed on Turkey’s energy, defence, and interior ministers.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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