Erdօgan called on his people to be ready for the war
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his nation to be prepared for a possible war with the neighboring Syria if need be. Iranian Press TV informs about this.
"You have to be ready at every moment to go to war if it is necessary. If you are not ready for this, you are not a state, if you are not ready for this, you are not a nation,” Erdogan said on Sunday.
Turkish PM reiterated that Turkey does not want war, but warned Syria not to test its resolve.
Tensions have been running high between Syria and Turkey, with Damascus accusing Ankara along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, and the United States of backing a deadly insurgency that has claimed the lives of many Syrians, including security and army personnel.
“Nobody should ask… but what will happen if a war were to begin and bring us to that point. You should be ready for it and have the memorandum in hand. What is necessary will be done if it becomes necessary," he stated.
Erdogan’s remarks came amid days of military strikes between the two countries.
On October 5, Erdogan said that Turkey was not far from war with Syria due to the cross-border attacks.
"We are not interested in war, but we're not far from it either," Erdogan told a crowd in Istanbul.
On October 4, the Turkish parliament authorized cross-border military action against Syria “when deemed right.”