Adeyemo from the US Treasury Department discussed the implementation of Russia sanctions while visiting Turkey

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

Adeyemo visited Turkey from Wednesday to Friday, the Ministry of Finance said, meeting with officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Treasury and Treasury in Ankara and speaking with financial institutions in Istanbul.

The Finance Ministry said Adeyemo has been discussing with financial institutions the implementation and enforcement of Western sanctions imposed on Russia after its February 24 invasion of Ukraine that left thousands dead or wounded.

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

Washington and its allies have imposed several sanctions on Moscow since invading Ukraine, including on the country’s largest lenders and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Since Russia launched a so-called special operation to demilitarize Ukraine, it has reduced cities to rubble and civilian bodies have been found in the cities from which its troops have withdrawn. It denies attacking civilians and says without evidence signs of atrocities were staged.

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

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Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis Editing by Alistair Bell

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