Turkey on Friday threatened to respond if the United States (US) levied further sanctions over the detention of an American pastor, which has sparked a diplomatic standoff and battered the Turkish currency.

“We’ve already responded based on the World Trade Organisation rules and will continue to do so,” Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Washington warned on Thursday that it would impose more sanctions unless pastor Andrew Brunson, described by US President Donald Trump as a “hostage”, was released.

Brunson’s detention since October 2016 on terror-related charges has soured relations between the two Nato allies, sending the Turkish lira into a tailspin.

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