Turkey defied speculations about possible sanctions in response to its military operation in northern Syria, highlighting the priority of national security.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the media yesterday on Operation Peace Spring.
Erdoğan said that the operation provided an opportunity for Turkey to realize where other countries stand. “There are some countries describing the operation as an invasion. There are some countries threatening our economy with sanctions and weapons embargoes following our operation. They are wrong if they think that they can make Turkey give up,” he said.
Erdoğan also spoke about his recent talk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He said that Merkel was asked sarcastically if Germany had added the terrorist group to NATO and did not inform Turkey about it, referring to Germany’s support for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its critical stance against Turkey, which is a NATO ally.
Criticizing some countries’ plans to mediate between Turkey and the terrorist groups, Erdoğan further said that if the Syrian regime could handle terrorist groups, Turkey would not have to intervene.
Speaking to Germany's public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also said Saturday Turkey is not afraid of any sanctions against it.
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