Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned against threatening his country with sanctions.
“Some are threatening us with the economy, sanctions, exchange rates, interests, and inflation. We see your game and we challenge it,” Erdogan said at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s sixth ordinary congress in the capital Ankara.
“Turkey did not and will not surrender to those which try to make Turkey as a strategic target,” he said in reference to the U.S. without naming the country.
Turkey and the U.S. are currently experiencing rocky relations following Washington’s imposition of sanctions on two government ministers for not releasing American pastor Andrew Brunson, who faces terrorism-related charges in Turkey.
On Aug. 10, President Donald Trump ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling U.S. tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports.
Last Wednesday, in retaliation, Turkey increased tariffs on several U.S.-origin products, including alcohol and tobacco products and cars.
Erdogan said that Turkey would never bow before those “who set up their own order by exploiting the world.”
The Turkish president emphasized Turkey’s determination to eliminate all threats from Syria and Iraq.
“Turkey will continue cross-border operations by expanding them further,” Erdogan said. “We will do what we previously did in Jarabulus, Al-Bab, Afrin along our border starting from Suruc to Cizre,” he added. (AA)