White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Wednesday that the United States will impose sanctions on Turkish officials in response to the imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey.
The move to house arrest of Brunson, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, inflamed rather than defused tensions, with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence warning Turkey it faced sanctions.
Washington sanctioned Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu over the pastor's detention.
He is charged with supporting the group Ankara blames for orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016. The next hearing is October 12 with the pastor facing 35 years in jail if convicted.
Two Turkish employees of USA consulates in Turkey are also now in jail on terror charges and another is under house arrest, while several Americans have been caught up in the crackdown that followed the failed coup.
On Tuesday, a Turkish court refused to release Brunson from house arrest or lift his travel ban, stating there has been no change in the "strong criminal suspicion" against the pastor. Pompeo and Cavusoglu spoke by phone about Brunson's detention earlier Wednesday and are expected to meet on the margins of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this week in Singapore, she said.
"Without delay, there will be a response to this aggressive attitude that will not serve any objective", it said.
"We've seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong, and we believe he is a victim of unfair and unjust detention by the government of Turkey", Sanders said.
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"We call on the U.S. administration to walk back from this wrong decision", a statement by the Turkish foreign ministry said, calling Washington's action a "hostile stance".
"President Trump concluded that these sanctions are the appropriate action", he said.
One is led by the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Turkish authorities say was behind a 2016 failed coup.
But Erdogan retorted that Turkey does not have the "slightest problem against religious minorities".
The spat over the pastor has stoked tensions between the two governments, which were already quarrelling over Washington's support of a Syrian Kurdish militia.
Turkey is meanwhile furious the United States has failed to extradite Gulen, who lives in rural Pennsylvania, to face trial over the coup bid.
Anticipation of the USA sanctions had already helped to send the Turkish lira to an all-time low against the dollar on Wednesday.