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Trump's Threat of Turkey Sanctions Piles More Pressure Onto NATO

  • U.S. demands release of American pastor accused over coup
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U.S. Senators Seek to Punish Turkey Over Jailed American Pastor
Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Donald Trump’s threat to sanction Turkey for detaining an American pastor risks pushing the relationship between two key NATO members to its breaking point.

Political disputes between Turkey and its western allies have been growing since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan orchestrated a crackdown on domestic opponents following a 2016 coup. More recently he ruffled feathers buying a Russian defensive missile system.