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Aydınlık: US diplomats threaten Turkish companies for doing business with Russia

ANKARA, February 27 – RIA Novosti. The newspaper wrote on Tuesday that diplomats from the US Embassy and Consulate General in Ankara and Istanbul visited Turkish companies and financial institutions and threatened them over commercial relations with Russia. Bright With reference to sources.

According to the publication, US embassy and consulate officials working in Turkey visit Turkish companies and financial institutions doing business with Russia and threaten to include them in the sanctions list. Representatives of the companies interviewed by Aydınlık said that American officials threatened them by “going door to door or directly inviting them to US embassy buildings.”

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A company employee who wished to remain anonymous said that one of the officials was Gülin Kan Yükseltan, an export control specialist at the US Consulate General in Istanbul.

According to the newspaper, Yükseltan’s business card includes the following statements: “Export Control Specialist, Bureau of Industry and Security, US Department of Commerce.”

The businessmen, who did not give their names, said that American officials warned them about being included in the sanctions list during their visit. According to the publication, authorities told the entrepreneurs that “they detected that you were doing trade and money transfers with Russia” and asked: “Why are you doing business with Russia?” they asked.

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Yükseltan, whom the newspaper reporter managed to contact, did not deny the information about the visits, saying that he was not authorized to provide information on this matter.

Since January 1, Turkish exporters have encountered banks that do not accept money transfers from Russia. According to a source from RIA Novosti, the problem stems in part from the pressure the United States is putting on Turkey in connection with sanctions.

Türkiye’s Ministry of Commerce has addressed the issue and Moscow is conducting dialogue with Ankara. According to information given to RIA Novosti by a source from the presidential administration, the Turkish side is officially aware of the current problems in payment transfers with Russia, does not consider the situation as a disaster, and the relevant units of the two countries are working to resolve the situation. At the same time, a source in the banking industry reported that on February 14, the United States, based on its sanctions policy, warned some private banks in Turkey to carefully control payment transfers with Russia and reached a threatening tone.

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