Erdogan says Turkey will expand safe zone if needed
Date: 2019-10-30 15:48
If needed, Turkey will expand the safe zone in northern Syria, the Turkish president said on Wednesday.
"We will give a drastic response to any attack coming from outside of the safe zone [in northern Syria] and we will expand our safe zone area if needed," said Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his party's parliamentary group.
Erdogan said nearly 700 attacks against Turkey have been carried out by terrorists abroad, especially in Europe, since Turkey started the anti-terror Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria.
Those countries which accept YPG/PKK as a terrorist group allow its symbols on their streets, while banning all pro-Turkey activities, Erdogan noted.
"Most of them are our addressees in NATO, most of them are our addressees in the EU where we are negotiator right now," said Erdogan.
"Despite all, these attacks are conducted in their countries and moreover they are conducted with police escort," he added.
He called on European countries specifically, saying: "You are making a mistake. The snake you feed today will turn and bite you."
In this "new War of Independence", Turkey is walking "step by step" toward victory, Erdogan said.
On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.