The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Saturday warned his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, “to not mess” with Turkey, as tensions between the Nato allies escalated.
“Don’t mess with the Turkish individuals. Don’t mess with Turkey,” Erdoğan stated throughout a televised speech in Istanbul on the 40th anniversary of the 1980 army coup.
Macron has strongly condemned Ankara throughout a standoff between Greece and Cyprus on one facet and Turkey on the opposite over hydrocarbon sources and naval affect within the japanese Mediterranean.
Erdoğan urged Greece to “steer clear of unsuitable” actions within the disputed waters backed by nations resembling France, which stepped up its army presence within the area after rival naval workouts by Athens and Ankara final month.
Macron on Thursday stated Europeans should be “clear and agency with, not Turkey as a nation and folks, however with the federal government of President Erdoğan, which has taken unacceptable actions”.
The French chief was talking earlier than the summit of the EU’s seven Mediterranean nations, which threatened Turkey with sanctions over its actions.
The newest tensions started after Turkey deployed the Oruc Reis analysis vessel and warships to the disputed waters on 10 August and extended the mission thrice.
However the Turkish chief on Saturday dismissed such remarks and accused Macron of “missing historic data”.
“Mr Macron, you’re going to have extra issues with me,” Erdoğan threatened.
They had been his first feedback instantly taking purpose on the French chief after remaining silent through the newest row.
He additionally stated France “couldn’t give a lesson in humanity” to Turkey, and advised Macron to look first at France’s personal file, notably in Algeria and its function within the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Demonstrating the ire Macron’s feedback have raised, Erdoğan on Saturday night once more took purpose on the French chief.
“Macron, you already don’t have a lot time. You’re in your final legs,” Erdoğan stated throughout a speech in Istanbul as a part of a marketing campaign to enroll new members to his ruling celebration.
The subsequent French presidential election can be in 2022.
Relations between Turkey and France have deteriorated over the japanese Mediterranean, however the two allies disagree on different main points together with the Syria and Libya conflicts.
Ankara and Paris have beforehand traded barbs after French officers in 2018 met Syrian Kurdish leaders linked to a US-backed militia considered by Turkey as terrorists.
The 2 nations are additionally on opposing sides in Libya, the place Ankara backed the UN-recognised Authorities of Nationwide Accord in Tripoli towards a 2019 offensive by army chief Khalifa Haftar.
France is suspected of supporting Haftar, however insists it’s impartial within the battle.
Erdoğan accused France in his first speech on Saturday of intervening in Libya “for petrol”, and in Africa for “diamonds, gold, copper”.