Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday slammed his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, following the foreign minister's comments, according to which Israel will "punish" Turkey by supporting its adversaries.
"No one will extort us," said Davutoglu during a joint press conference with his Brazilian counterpart, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota.
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On Friday, Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Lieberman had decided to adopt a series of harsh measures in response to Turkey’s latest anti-Israeli moves, including the facilitation of cooperation with Turkey’s historic rivals, the Armenians, and scheduling meetings with the heads of Kurdish rebel group PKK in Europe in order to “cooperate with them and boost them in every possible area.”
Though Israeli officials have denied that such steps have been in the works, Davutoglu stressed that Ankara hopes to see Israel "back its denial with actions."
Turkish PM Erdogan and FM Davutoğlu (Photo: AFP)
The Turkish foreign minister added that the PKK has become a tool, used by anyone wishing to harm his country: "It's important that our Kurdish people be aware of this. Every time someone tries to harm Turkey, it uses the PKK to do so.
"We have the power to continue battling terrorism, while still being open to accept democratization efforts; no one will manage to extort us," he said.
During the press conference, Davutoglu reiterated that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not cross into the Gaza Strip during his visit to Egypt, which is scheduled to begin on Monday.
Commenting on the recently published Palmer Report into the 2010 IDF raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, the foreign minister noted that Israel is facing increased isolation, because it fails to understand the regional changes that are taking place.
"If you kill people in open seas, it means you are no longer respecting the law. Therefore, Israel's isolation is inevitable," he said.