Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized the United States for its biased stance amid tensions between Turkey and Greece. He criticizes Washington for its unequal treatment of the allies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The Turkish head of state spoke on Wednesday during a television interview. He pointed out that the United States cannot find another ally like Turkey.
“There is simply no comparison between the importance of Türkiye and Greece in NATO. We expect the United States not to involve Greece in miscalculations and that they do not allow the manipulation of international public opinion,” he said.
The Turkish president denounced Washington’s recent decision to lift an arms embargo on the Greek Cypriot administration, calling it “inexplicable in terms of content and timing”.
“This act will not go unanswered and we are committed to taking all necessary measures to protect Turkish Cypriots,” he continued.
On the subject of the war in Ukraine, President Erdogan said he will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
“Zelensky wants our support for the 4 regions and to convince Putin. I intend to discuss these issues in detail with Putin, he said. The cost of a nuclear war would be catastrophic. We should not don’t even think about it. Solving this issue through diplomacy is the right way.”
Regarding Turkey’s continued efforts in the fight against terrorism, he called on the United States and Russia to respect the promises made in a 2019 agreement regarding the elimination of terrorist organizations from northern Syria.
“We will never hesitate to transform our efforts into a major counter-terrorism operation whenever we deem it necessary and appropriate,” he said.
Regarding Ankara’s request for recognition of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “If the United Nations Security Council acts fairly, we will speed up this process”.
He also urged the international community to recognize the TRNC, adding that “this would pave the way for the resolution of the Cyprus issue.”
Source : Anadolu Agency