However,” Cavusoglu said, “Turkey is also not a country that bows down to impositions and double standards.
As long as you do not see us as an equal partner, a healthy relationship cannot be expected, despite differences in standards.”
Cavusoglu stressed that Turkey’s view of Europe changed over time and that European countries must similarly change their mindset about Turkey.
Tensions may happen, but we wish these difficulties to be overcome. I do not want to comment on the elections in Germany as we have a very important partnership with Germany. This tension between Turkey and Germany is not positive for us.
On a referendum set for Sept. 25 on the secession of northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), Cavusoglu said Turkey would use its power “if needed.
“We observe this in our bilateral relations … Americans and other countries say ‘It [KRG] is your neighbor, you have power.’ Turkey does not hesitate to use its power if needed.
There is a fundamental principle: Respect for the territorial integrity of Iraq. This is a basic principle in any case in terms of the peace process in the Middle East. Of course, it is also true for Syria.
“The territorial integrity and the various communities living together within the framework of this territorial integrity respecting each other and the Constitution is extremely important.”