Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday that “he will have a lot more problems” if he continues to criticize the Ankara government’s policies on its movements and claims in the Mediterranean.
“Don’t mess with the Turkish people, don’t mess with Turkey,” said Erdogan during a televised address on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 military coup.
“Mr Macron, you will have a lot more problems with me,” Erdogan said after the French President had given assurances days ago that Europe should take a firmer stance on Turkey’s recent measures in the Mediterranean.
“There should be a common stance towards Turkey. Europe should pursue a common policy on energy and strategic issues. Turkey is no longer a partner in the Mediterranean,” said Macron, referring to the maritime disputes with Greece and Cyprus.