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U.S. Treasury Undersecretary Wally Adeyemo visited Turkey from 22-24 June to discuss Western sanctions against Russia with representatives from Turkey's finance and foreign ministries, the Treasury Department said in a statement Saturday.

Adeyemo visited Turkey from Wednesday through Friday, the Treasury said, meeting with officials from the ministries of foreign affairs and of treasury and finance in Ankara and speaking with financial institutions in Istanbul.

During Adeyemo's meetings with ministries and financial institutions, "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.

Turkey did not join the U.S. and the European Union in imposing tough sanctions against Russia.

Real estate sales to Russian buyers rose 96 percent in February, and by May, annual sales had increased tenfold.

Russia's largest banks and lenders, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, have been targeted by Western sanctions.

Turkey has supported Ukraine by supplying it with drones and military equipment, but has refrained from imposing sanctions. The two countries continue to cooperate on a number of key projects, including Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Ahval noted.

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