President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods in retaliation for punitive sanctions by Washington against Ankara over the detention of an American pastor.
“We will boycott US electronic products,” the Turkish president said. “If they have iPhone, the other side has Samsung. He announced this in a televised speech, raising the stakes in a spat that has seen the Turkish lira plunge to record lows.
In our country there is Venus, Vestel [the Turkish smartphone brands].”
Erdoğan also railed against what he called a larger and deeper operation against Turkey. “They do not refrain from using the economy as a weapon against us, as they tried in the areas of diplomacy, military, or efforts for social and political instability,” he said.
Meanwhile, the American pastor Andrew Brunson, whose continued detention over espionage allegations provoked the latest crisis, said through his lawyer that he was appealing his house arrest and travel ban.