US Treasury’s Adeyemo discussed the implementation of sanctions against Russia during his visit to Turkey

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo visited Turkey this week where he discussed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the enforcement of sanctions imposed on Moscow, the Treasury Department said in a statement Saturday.

Adeyemo visited Turkey from Wednesday to Friday, the Treasury said, meeting officials from the foreign and treasury and finance ministries in Ankara and holding talks with financial institutions in Istanbul.

The Treasury said Adeyemo had discussed with financial institutions the implementation and enforcement of Western sanctions imposed on Russia following its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, which killed or injured people. thousands of people.

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“All parties expressed a desire to ensure that Turkey is not used as a haven for illicit finance and that the integrity of its banking sector continues to be protected,” the statement said.

Washington and its allies have imposed several rounds of sanctions targeting Moscow since its invasion of Ukraine, including against the country’s biggest lenders and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Since the start of what it calls a special operation to demilitarize Ukraine, Russia has bombed cities to the rubble and bodies of civilians have been found in towns where its forces have withdrawn. He denies having targeted civilians and claims, without proof, that signs of atrocities were staged.

Kyiv criticized Turkey’s reluctance to impose sanctions on Russia since the invasion, but also thanked Ankara for its diplomatic and military support to end the war, including hosting officials from both sides for peace talks. peace.

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Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis Editing by Alistair Bell

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