US lawmakers continuing Turkey sanctions push despite ceasefire

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (File photo: AFP)

Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen will move “full steam ahead” with their plans to impose stiff sanctions on Turkey, despite a temporary ceasefire agreement.

“Senators Van Hollen and Graham have spoken, and they agree on the need to move full steam ahead with their legislation,” said Bridgett Frey, a spokeswoman for Senator Van Hollen.

A spokesman for Graham also said the two planned to move ahead.

Earlier on Thursday, the US senators had announced legislation carrying wide-ranging sanctions on Turkey over its offensive in Syria.

The bill from the Republican-led Senate targets Turkish officials and mandates sanctions over Turkey’s purchase of Russia s-400 missile system. Graham predicted strong bipartisan support for the bill.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00