“Our approach to NATO’s enlargement originates from our principled stance on combatting terrorism”

“Our approach to NATO’s enlargement originates from our principled stance on combatting terrorism”

Addressing citizens following the Presidential Cabinet Meeting, President Erdoğan said: “If the countries applying for NATO membership look at their past, they will see that we have made major contributions to them as well against the threats arising from the east. Our approach to NATO’s enlargement originates not from bigotry or animosity but from our principled stance on combatting terrorism.” 

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a press conference following the Presidential Cabinet Meeting at the Presidential Complex.

“THOSE CARING ABOUT NOTHING BUT THEIR OWN SECURITY CANNOT TOLERATE TÜRKİYE’S INDEPENDENT STANCE” 

Noting that the world is going through a period when the global economy has been shaken to its foundations and severe cracks have emerged in the global security architecture, President Erdoğan stated: “It is not surprising but saddening that those who have made it their main policy to obstruct Türkiye for a long time persist with the same attitude of theirs even during such a period. Those who used to steer our country as they wished by means of tutelage, coup plotters and political and economic hitmen still continue to target our country without minding their own decaying. Those who care about nothing but their own security and welfare cannot tolerate Türkiye’s independent stance.”

“The attitudes taken and the remarks made on this issue stem not from our interlocutors’ sensitivities about rights, freedoms and the rules of economy but from their anxiety to defend their own interests,” the President said. “Those who disregard the legitimate goal of the security zones we have created along our southern borders and the problems plaguing the millions of people whose every kind of needs, including security, we have been meeting inside and right beside our borders cannot lecture us on alliance or human rights. Even in the war in the north of the Black Sea, about which everyone talks big, it is us who have given the most significant, concrete and beneficial support to Ukraine, the attack on whose territorial integrity and sovereign rights we have openly rejected. We have bravely expressed this attitude of ours to Russia as well at every level and platform where we are in contact with them.”

Stressing that Türkiye, instead of engaging in pretenses which would make no contribution to the solution of the crisis, exerts the sincerest efforts to first reach a ceasefire and then to achieve lasting peace in the region by maintaining political and humanitarian relations with Russia, President Erdoğan said: “If the countries applying for NATO membership look at their past, they will see that we have made major contributions to them as well against the threats arising from the east. Our approach to NATO’s enlargement originates not from bigotry or animosity but from our principled stance on combatting terrorism.”

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