Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned his French counterpart and NATO ally Emmanuel Macron on Saturday “not to mess” with Turkey, as the two continue to spar amid rising tensions in the Mediterranean.
In a speech Saturday, Erdogan claimed that French President Emmanuel Macron was targeting him with hurtful rhetoric and denigrating the “might” of the Turkish people.
“Don’t mess with the Turkish people. Don’t mess with Turkey,” Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul on the 40th anniversary of the 1980 military coup.
“You will have many more problems with me,” he added, as France 24 reports.
On Friday, Marcon said Europe needed to be “clear and firm” with Erdogan’s government as the two continue to be at odds over an arms embargo for Libya and over the situation in the eastern Mediterranean, where Paris is supporting Greece and Cyprus, who say Turkey is looking for natural resources in their waters.
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