Erdogan slams US: 'You tried to deceive us'

‘If we are strategic partners, then you will respect us,’ says Turkish president

Erdogan slams US: 'You tried to deceive us'

World Bulletin / News Desk

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday blasted the U.S. saying that it tried to deceive Turkey by cooperating with terror groups in Syria. 

Addressing the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s parliamentary group in a meeting, Erdogan said, “If we are strategic partners, then you will respect us. [...] You have tried to deceive us.”

The U.S. has sent 5,000 truck-loads of weapons to terror groups in Syria, Erdogan recalled. 

“We wanted weapons from you [U.S.] in return for money. You did not give us, but you gave these weapons and ammunition to terror organizations free of charge.

“What kind of partnership is this?” he asked. 

“We are now demolishing all of these [tunnels and weapons and ammunition depots]. […] All that ammunition is being seized by us gradually.”

Turkey and the U.S. have been trying to iron out a number of issues, principally those concerning the terrorist YPG/PKK in Syria, a group the U.S. has so far worked with, calling it a "reliable ally" in the fight against Daesh.

Turkey has strongly protested the U.S. collaboration with the YPG, categorically stating that it is the Syrian branch of the PKK, a terrorist group also recognized by the U.S. and the EU. The PKK, in its longer than three-decade terror campaign against Turkey, has taken some 40,000 lives, including those of women and children.

 

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