Erdogan warns Israel over use of Turkish airspace to attack Iran

Published December 10th, 2009 - 01:22 GMT

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned Israel not to use its airspace to attack Iran. “If Israel were to violate Turkish airspace in order to conduct reconnaissance operations on Iran, Ankara's reaction would resemble an 'earthquake',” he said during an iterview with an Egyptian newspaper.

 

Erdogan noted that Israel has never entered Turkey’s airspace, "if it happened, the consequence would be terrible." The Turkish leader advised Israeli authorities not to use relations with Turkey “as a card to wage aggression on a third party.” According to him, Israel could not cherish hopes to participate in future joint military exercises after “sweeping” the people of the Gaza Strip. “We cannot challenge the feelings of the Turkish people, who were greatly affected by what happened during the aggression on Gaza,” the Turkish Premier stressed.

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