Erdogan: Turkey not frightened by German threats of embargo

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

Speaking after a meeting with Turkey's foreign and EU affairs ministers in Brussels, the European commissioner who oversees the membership talks said he needed to see "a reversal of the trend" towards authoritarianism.

"We want Turkey to become - or, where it already is, to remain - part of the West".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Russian Federation and Turkey have signed documents of S-400 air defense supplies, Sputnik Agency cited Turkish TV channel Haber7 as reporting.

"This is totally beyond the pale; for the sake of the Turkish people, for Europe, Turkey has to be brought back in line and this is the moment to do it", he said. But he noted that "the United States and Turkey have a robust and significant defense trade and military sales relationship" and said the U.S. "I am sorry to say that Turkey no longer exists", he said.

Cavusoglu told the European Union it was being misled into criticizing Ankara over arrests and trials of prominent journalists and rights activists, claiming that "pseudo-journalists" had helped in "terrorist activities".

Last week, the German government increased pressure on Turkey after the jailing of a human rights activist, telling all citizens traveling there to exercise caution and threatening to withhold backing for German investments in Turkey.

But progress was slow and the negotiations came to a virtual halt previous year as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rounded up opponents in a massive crackdown after a failed coup. "And right now, it has arrested 10 very well-known human rights activists and defenders, including the chair and director of Amnesty International in Turkey". "Westerners want their agents to roam freely in our land while they hurt our people", Mr Erdogan said, referring to the group of ten human rights activists who were detained during a police raid at a meeting in Istanbul three weeks ago.

The Turkish leader, who critics accuse of becoming increasingly authoritarian, made the comments in parliament yesterday. This analysis of the weapons platform from The National Interest earlier this year describes many of its capabilities and the reason everyone should be keeping a wary eye on the situation. Last month, Germany chose to withdraw from the main North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base in Turkey, Incirlik, after Turkey refused to allow German lawmakers to visit troops there. "It's a fundamental issue that must be raised and will be raised by us".

"We're channeling our anger into the determination to get them out", Dickey said.

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