Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that U.S. embassies were “running Europe. According to him, Turkey tried to do the same, but President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “spoiled their game. Soylu also called on the U.S. ambassador to the country to “keep his dirty hands off it.
“Every American ambassador worries about ‘what can I do in Turkey, what can I accomplish in Turkey, how can I hurt Turkey, how can I be of service to my fathers.’ This has been one of Turkey’s greatest misfortunes over the years. He (the U.S. ambassador.-“Kommersant”) gets other ambassadors together and tries to give them advice. They do the same thing in Europe, the American embassy runs Europe. Don’t worry, the Europeans won’t be upset about it. They know it’s true. They thought they could project Turkey, but one man ruined their game, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” Suleyman Soylu said (translated by RIA Novosti).
I clearly know what you have done, what steps you have taken, how you want to stir up Turkey. Take your dirty hands, your smirking masked faces away from Turkey.
Turkey’s Interior Minister.
On January 30, the U.S. Embassy warned its citizens of the threat of terrorist attacks in Istanbul. At the same time, they assured that Turkish authorities were dealing with the problem. Britain, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden closed their consulates in the city because of the threat of terrorist attacks. In response, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of these countries.
Suleyman Soylu said in connection with the closure of consulates that Western countries launched a “psychological war” against Turkey, without providing evidence of a terrorist threat.