Don’t mess with Turkey: Erdogan warns Macron
Published: 01:47 PM, 13 September 2020 Updated: 03:51 PM, 13 September 2020
Turkish President Erdoğan and France`s President Macron (right); file photo: AP
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned his French President Emmanuel Macron "not to mess" with Turkey, as tensions between the NATO allies escalated.
“Don’t mess with the Turkish people. Don’t mess with Turkey,” Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul on the occasion of 40th anniversary of the 1980 military coup.
Macron strongly condemned Ankara during a standoff between Greece and Cyprus on one side and Turkey on the other over hydrocarbon resources and naval influence in the eastern Mediterranean.
Erdogan also urged Greece to “stay away from wrong” actions in the disputed waters backed by countries such as France, which stepped up its military presence in the region after rival naval exercises by Athens and Ankara last month.
Meanwhile, US urged Turkey to cease activities that are raising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, with secretary of state Mike Pompeo calling on all sides to back diplomacy.
Source: The Guardian