A Turkish court has rejected an appeal for United States Christian pastor Andrew Brunson to be released from house arrest during his trial on terrorism charges.
Meanwhile, Turkey has also decided reject a USA appeal calling for the release of an imprisoned American pastor.
The evangelical pastor, who is originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, has lived in Turkey for 23 years and led the Izmir Resurrection Church. Earlier in August, his administration had levied sanctions against Turkey's justice and interior ministers, accusing them of playing "leading roles" in the organizations responsible for the arrest and detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson.
A decree signed by President Tayyip Erdogan, doubled Turkish tariffs on passenger cars to 120 per cent, on alcoholic drinks to 140 per cent and on leaf tobacco to 60 per cent. Tariffs were also doubled on goods such as cosmetics, rice and coal.
"Whilst we rejoice at this decision, our celebrations will only truly begin when he is safely back at home in the arms of his wife and daughters", Amnesty said in a statement.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey's latest salvo Tuesday, saying his country will boycott US -made electronic goods and turn to other manufacturers including South Korea's Samsung or Turkey's Vestel.
Brunson's lawyer Cem Halavurt confirmed to AFP that he appealed for the release of his client once again on Tuesday, saying that: "The court should deliver its ruling in the next three days". He faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted, with his next trial date set for October.
Turkey and Qatar have traditionally maintained good ties and Ankara stood by Doha after Saudi Arabia and other Arab states severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar previous year, accusing it of financing terrorism, a charge Doha denies. Sorrow for all the things Taner has missed during his cruel incarceration. It is not just Turkey's request.
The two countries have also been in conflict in Syria's war.
Lavrov, alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, also declared, "We are at a turning point, without exaggeration, in world history" from dominance by a single power toward a multipolar environment.
He added: "The EU will remain engaged in this strategic partnership".
Turkey took its boldest steps yet to try to ward off a financial crisis by making it harder for traders to bet against the battered lira and easing rules on restructuring troubled loans that have already topped $20 billion.
CNN's Isil Sariyuce reported from Istanbul and Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London.