Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a leading opponent to Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, threatened European countries that in case EU rejects Turkish lifelong EU entry bid , Ankara will boost its military , financial and media support for what he called ‘ moderate Islamist revolutionaries’ who are fighting a bitter war to topple president Assad.
Speaking on the sidelines of his meeting with German Chancellor, Erdoğan reiterated Turkey’s policy of not intervening to rescue Syrian Kurdish minority and rejected claims that his country is helping ISIS fighters who try to seize the strategic border-town of Kobani, located just few kilometers away from Turkish-Syrian border.
“I told Miss. Merkel that US-led coalition cannot eradicate ISIS because these people enjoy a local popular support and they have enrooted themselves in the fabric of the Syrian society” Anadolu news agency quoted Erdoğan as saying during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.
The Turkish powerful president further added that the most important priority for EU bloc is to overthrow ‘Assad’s authoritarian regime’ and let the Syrian people choose the nature of their future government even if it would be considered as ‘radical Islamist system’.
Erdoğan stated that the body most responsible for the three-year-old Syrian crisis is the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), but lamented its failure to take the necessary steps in Syria to stop the conflict.