The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ANKARA – Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lashed out on Friday against the European Union which he accused of “longing for a Turkish spring”.
“If European countries are living in peace today, it is thanks to Turkey for hosting four million refugees,”Erdoğan said at an event on innovation in Istanbul.
“They [European countries] still have a longing for the Turkish spring,” Erdoğan said referring to the Arab Spring, a wave of pro-democracy protests and uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa that began in 2011.
“We say to those who do not respect the defense needs of our country, you think that you will push us into the corner with threats of sanctions; but Turkey is not the Balkans, it is not the Middle East and it is not South America.”
“Turkey has thousands of years of government experience, the accumulation of the millennial history and magnificent civilization dominance in the region, which is so great that no one can swallow it,” he added.
Erdoğan said that those who longed for uprisings in Turkey first should look at the rotten ground they are standing. “The European cities are on fire,” he said, referring to yellow vest riots in France. “You’ll burn even more,” he added.