Turkey has doubled tariffs on some USA imports, such as passenger cars, alcohol and tobacco, in what its vice president said was a response to deliberate United States attacks on the Turkish economy.
Turkey doubled tariffs on USA passenger cars, alcohol and tobacco amid increased tension between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over Ankara's imprisonment of a pastor and other diplomatic issues.
According to a presidential decree released on Wednesday, the tariffs on goods such as cosmetics, rice and coal have been raised to 100 percent while those on alcoholic drinks, passenger cars and leaf tobacco have reached 140, 120 and 60 percent, respectively. On July 25, Brunson was placed under house arrest after nearly two years in a Turkish jail.
The US Treasury Department on August 1 announced sanctions on Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul.
The political spat with Washington has added to pressure on Turkey's currency, the lira, which has plunged against the dollar.
Turkey already imposed new tariffs in June on a similar range of United States goods, worth a total of $1.8 billion, in retaliation for President Donald Trump's initial tariffs on steel aluminum.
"Recent developments in the U.S. -Turkey relationship threaten both countries' economic interests and put at risk an alliance that has proven its value over decades", Brilliant said.
"It is wrong to dare bring Turkey to its knees through threats over a pastor", Erdogan said. Shame on you, shame on you.
Under the decree, Turkey will raise tariffs to 100 percent on imports of the USA -origin products.