CHEYENNE – U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and nearly 30 other Republican lawmakers plan to introduce legislation imposing sanctions against Turkey in response to its military offensive against Kurdish forces in Northern Syria, the congresswoman announced Thursday.
“President Erdogan and his regime must face serious consequences for mercilessly attacking our Kurdish allies in northern Syria, who incurred thousands of casualties in the fight against ISIS and helped us protect the homeland,” Cheney said in a news release.
Among the congressmen co-sponsoring the legislation are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
“These sanctions are not only a response to the Erdogan regime’s violent attacks in northern Syria. Congress has long had concerns about the regime’s cooperation with U.S. adversaries, such as Russia,” Cheney said. “If Turkey wants to be treated like an ally, it must begin behaving like one. They must be sanctioned for their attacks on our Kurdish allies.”
This move follows similar efforts led by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., in the Senate.