Erdogan blames US for discrediting Turkey

10:24 • 04.12.17



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on December 3 accused Washington of trying to discredit Turkey for “not submitting to scenarios,” in a reference to a New York trial of former Halkbank deputy general manager Hakan Atilla over evading US sanctions on Iran.


“They [US] are trying to punish, judge and discredit us because we did not submit to those scenarios. The scenario and the plot are obvious and they are doing this with their co-operators in our country. They are doing it with FETO [Fethullahist Terrorist Organization]. You will not be able to deceive us, you should know that,” Erdogan said at the provincial congress of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the eastern province of Agri, Reuters reports.

 

“They aggravated the PKK [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] for that. They put FETO to the front and sent Deash [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL] to our country and even now they are using the person who is the head of the main opposition, also known as the main ‘treason party,’ for the same purpose,” he added, referring to the Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilichdaroglu who has recently alleged that the president and his relatives had offshore accounts.


Speaking about the trial in New York, Erdogan said, “They wish to obtain the results they could not in the past in our country, with the same mastermind, material and scenario thousands of miles away.”


“Our nation should know that these attacks, defamations and games are not independent from each other. All are aimed at the same thing; all aiming to make Turkey kneel down and to pit us against each other. They may try as hard as they want, they will not succeed,” he added.


Erdogan’s remarks came a day after he said Turkey could never be “condemned by virtual courts” in the US.


“My country can never be condemned by virtual courts set up by FETO scoundrels and fake representatives,” Erdogan said during a speech in the eastern province of Kars.


“Someone has gotten up and decided they will try my country in their falsely set up courts. Don’t bother!” Erdogan added.


Since Zarrab became the prosecution’s star witness in the trial, Atilla is now the lone man in the dock accused of violating sanctions, bribery and money laundering.





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