Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday issued a deterrent threat to Europe over impending sanctions on Ankara's unauthorized drilling in the Mediterranean: punish us and return ISIS prisoners to European countries ISIS?
"You should revise your attitude towards Turkey, where so many IS members are detained and who control them in Syria," he told reporters.
The Associated Press reported that its comments reflect the opinion of the European Union unveiling a system of imposition of sanctions against Turkey for drilling ahead of Cyprus. He told reporters before traveling to the US to meet with President Trump.
Erdogan also said that Turkey will continue to lead foreign militants from the Islamic state back to their home countries, even if those countries refuse to take them back.
His attempt to use ISIS prisoners as a bargaining tool is a disturbing turnaround. Turkey's motivation for the offensive was discussed, and Ankara was accused of having poor planning and security standards in these so-called prisons.
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Trump gave Ankara the last go ahead for an offensive in Syria month. The decision shocked the region and Washington when US officials told Fox News that top Pentagon officials were "completely blind" and "shocked" by the order to withdraw hundreds of US troops.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., went on Twitter last week to criticize Trump for releasing the welcome mat for Erdogan, "an autocrat whose actions threaten our allies and partners." ] "They still have not told us about their plans to take in ISIS prisoners who escaped an invasion of Erdogan in northern Syria!" He wrote]