Sanctions Profile: Turkey

At a glance

The EU adopted a new sanctions regime in November 2019 in response to Turkey’s oil and gas drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean sea.

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Dept for Intl Trade removes Yemen, Lebanon & Turkey from some OGEL lists

The Department for International Trade and the Export Control Joint Unit have published changes to the list of permitted destinations on a number of open general export licences (OGELS). See Notice. Yemen and Lebanon have been removed as permitted destinations on a number of OGELs. Turkey has been removed from the OGEL (military components) list. The Italian continental shelf has …

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Third countries align with EU Turkey, ISIL (Da’esh) and DRC sanctions

Turkey On 11 November 2019, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2019/1894, which established a sanctions framework to impose targeted sanctions against Turkey in response to unauthorised hydrocarbon exploration and production in the Eastern Mediterranean sea (see post). North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, and Iceland have aligned themselves with this decision. Press release here. ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda The Council adopted …

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EU finalising Turkey sanctions

Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, has announced that an EU Council Working Party is finalising the listings of people and entities involved the Turkish oil and gas drillings off the coast of Cyprus. The EU agreed a regime in November 2019 to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on people and entities determined to be …


FATF report – concerns over Turkey’s implementation of UN sanctions

The Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) have released a report stating that it finds “fundamental shortcomings” in Turkey’s implementation of UN listings. Turkey will now be subject to special monitoring by the FATF. The report indicates that: Turkey has failed to develop a legal framework to implement UN sanctions targeting arms sales and ballistic missile activities in Iran (UNSC Resolution 2231); …


US Senate committee approves Turkey sanctions bill for Syria offensive & Russian S-400 purchase

A US Senate committee has approved the “Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act”, which would impose increased sanctions in response to the recent Turkish operations in Syria, which is said to have “destabilised the region” and “jeopardised the US strategy to defeat ISIS in Syria”. The measures include: Asset freezing measures / travel bans against …


Current Sanctions


Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1894

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1890