Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns Friday the United States and European Union to mind their own business following alarm expressed by both over the failed coup attempt crackdown in the country.
In the recent update of the crackdown a Turkish court has placed 17 journalists under arrest.
Until now more than 18,000 people have been arrested in the country and Turkish government blames US-based Muslic clerik Fethullah Gulen to have masterminded the coup plot that tried to overthrow the government earlier this month.
A Turkish official meanwhile has confirmed 3,500 of those arrested have been released after questioning.
Brussels warned Turkey’s EU membership bid may be in danger. Responding to it Erdogan said, “Some people give us advice. They say they are worried. Mind your own business! Look at your own deeds.”
The president added the leaders or countries who failed to get worried about democracy of Turkey, future of the country or the lives of citizens in the recent failed coup attempt land cannot be their friends.
He also vowed to be implementing all the necessary steps under the law in the crackdown.
The European Union enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn reacted saying facts need to be seen how the arrested people are being treated and if it is found improper Turkey will face inevitable consequences.
In connection to the journalists arrest the Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the step was necessary to identify coup plotters among them.
Besides all these Erdogan has announced to be dropping hundreds of lawsuits against those individuals who have been accused of insulting him.