Erdogan says Israel to face reciprocal behavior from Turkey

The Turkish prime minister said on Tuesday that Israel would face a reciprocal stance from Turkey if it continued to assume any hostile act against Turkey.

Erdogan says Israel to face reciprocal behavior from Turkey

The Turkish prime minister said on Tuesday that Israel would face a reciprocal stance from Turkey if it continued to assume any hostile act against Turkey.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that noted that Turkey has tolerated the Israeli people for ages, and any hostile act will find its response.

Erdogan's remarks came after Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed uneasiness over a popular Turkish TV series, "Kurtlar Vadisi" (The Valley of the Wolves), through diplomatic channels.

Premier Erdogan said Turkey had always showed tolerance to the Israeli people and the Jews.

Erdogan referred to recent statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry and said he did not want to elaborate on this matter too much.

"That Israel has a coalition government in office right now does not bind Turkey, it is their domestic problem," he said.

Erdogan also said that Turkey could not tolerate a statement just because it had been made by a member of an extreme political party.

Russia visit

Meanwhile, The Turkish prime minister left for Russia on a formal visit on Tuesday.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the guest of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during his stay in that country.

"I would like to once more state that we see Russian Federation as a close neighbor, the friendship of cooperation of which we attach importance to, an efficient actor and a global power," Erdogan told reporters before he flew to Russia.

Erdogan said Turkey and Russia had a trade volume around 38 billion USD at the end of 2008, and had boosted political, economic, military, commercial and cultural cooperation.

The Russian Federation was Turkey's number one energy partner, he said. "We meet most of our natural gas need from this country."

Erdogan said he would be in an effort to reach an outcome in Samsun-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline during his visit.

"I think our dialogue has positive reflections on regional peace and stability," he said.

State Minister Zafer Caglayan, Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker, and Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim are accompanying Erdogan during his visit to Russia.

Also, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will proceed from Britain to Russia to join Erdogan's talks in Russia.

Erdogan will hold a meeting with businessmen as soon as he arrived in the Russian capital of Moscow this evening.

On Wednesday, Turkish Premier Erdogan will meet Putin and President Dmitriy Medvedev, give a conference on Turkish foreign policy at the Diplomacy Academy, attend a banquet with Putin.

Erdogan is expected to return to Turkey on Wednesday evening.

Turkey and Russia celebrate the 90th anniversary of establishment of their diplomatic ties in 2010.



Agencies



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