March 9, 2018 / 6:49 AM / a year ago

Turkey may respond with lasting measures to U.S. steel tariff: presidential adviser

FILE PHOTO - Presidential Adviser Cemil Ertem poses after an interview with Reuters in Ankara, Turkey, January 9, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey may respond with lasting measures in the face of U.S. steel tariff, aside from a previously mooted step on cotton imports, presidential adviser Cemil Ertem told state broadcaster TRT Haber on Friday.

Ertem, speaking after U.S. President Donald Trump pressed ahead with a 25 percent tariff on steel, said earlier this week that Turkey could retaliate against such a move by hiking duties on imports of American cotton.

Reporting by Behiye Selin Taner; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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