Sanctions Profile: Turkey

At a glance

The EU adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1890 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1894 to establish a new sanctions regime in November 2019 in response to Turkey’s oil and gas drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean sea.

The UK adopted The Unauthorised Drilling Activities in the Eastern Mediterranean (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 in January 2021 after the Brexit transition period. 

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Turkish national indicted in US for unlawful exporting of defence articles

Arif Ugur, a Turkish national, has been indicted in California on 2 counts of violating, and 1 count of conspiring to violate, the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and 2 counts of wire fraud. Press Release. It is alleged that in 2015, Mr. Ugur acquired contracts to supply the US Department of Defence (DOD) with military machine parts and hardware …

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BIS adds 34 entities to Entity List and 1 entity to MEU List

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added 34 entities (under 43 entries) to its Entity List. The entities are located in Canada, China, Iran, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, the UAE and the UK. The 14 Chinese entities listed are said to be “implicated” in human rights abuses committed …

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EU HR/VP publishes report on EU-Turkey relations & sanctions

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, has published a joint communication to the EU Commission on the state of play of EU-Turkey political, economic and trade relations. Amongst other things, it says that its relations, and dialogue on Greek-Turkish maritime issues have improved since December 2020. However, the report recommends that if Turkey returns to “renewed unilateral …

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UK publishes Libya sanctions regs & guidance on 11 sanctions regimes

The UK government has published The Libya (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1665), which replace the EU sanctions regime relating to Libya. The UK has also issued guidance on the regulations, which includes information on asset freezes, partial asset freezes, interest, oil aboard UN-designated ships, and ownership and control. See explanatory memorandum, and reports under section 2(4) of the …

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UK post-Brexit regulations on unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Med

The UK has published The Unauthorised Drilling Activities in the Eastern Mediterranean (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1474), which will revoke and replace the current regulations giving effect to the EU’s sanctions regime concerning Turkey’s unauthorised hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. The regulations will come into effect at the end of the transition period, at 11pm on …

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

Consolidated

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1890

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1890

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/274

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1655

Consolidated

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1894

Parent Regulation

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1894

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/275

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1657

The Unauthorised Drilling Activities in the Eastern Mediterranean (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1474)