NATO abandoned Turkey in fight against terrorism, says Erdoğan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday accused NATO of leaving Turkey alone in its fight against terrorism.
Erdoğan said NATO members had been reluctant over the alliance’s terms on combating terror during a televised meeting with EU ambassadors in Ankara.
‘’We are together in the NATO. Since we are a member of the NATO, we are supposed to carry out this struggle together... Why are the other countries leaving us alone in our fight against terrorism?’’ 24TV cited Erdoğan as saying.
‘’Thousands of trucks filled with weapons, ammunition and medical supplies were delivered to the terrorist organizations. The terrorists fought us using these weapons. We are fighting them as a NATO country,’’ he said, in an apparent reference to the U.S. supply of arms to Kurdish forces in Syria.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reiterated Turkey’s commitment to the EU.
“We see our future in Europe and wish to build it together. We are committed to the reform agenda. EU should support us instead of being an impediment’’, the ministry’s official Twitter account cited Çavuşoğlu as saying.
Erdoğan announced that an EU summit would be held in Turkey towards the end of January.
Turkey has been an official EU candidate country since 1999 and has maintained a customs union deal with the bloc since January 1996.
Accession negotiations formally began in October 2005, but have stalled in the last few years due to what is being called Turkey’s failure to comply with required criteria pertaining to the EU candidacy.