Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed NATO members for not «standing by» Ankara in their military offensive in north-eastern Syria.
«Who will you side with, with terrorists?» was his question for allies during a press conference in Istanbul on Monday, before his departure to Baku.
«We are right now under the pressure of a terrorist organisation, based on that, Article 5, who should... Еще they side with? They should stand by us. Will you side with a NATO ally or against NATO, which has a mission against terrorist organisations?,» he asked.
Erdogan mentioned conversations he had in the past days with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and said that they were «under a serious pressure of disinformation.»
He added that «it is not possible to understand the purpose, the goal of the things they [NATO members] are doing.»
Erdogan also touched on the situation in Syria's Kobane, in the light of a deal struck between Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to deploy forces in the area, stating that «with Russia's positive approach to the subject, it looks like there won't be a problem.»
On October 9, the Turkish president announced the beginning of a military operation in north-eastern Syria dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring’. Ankara says the aim of the Turkish offensive is to create a 'safe zone' cleared of Kurdish groups.