Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, who is now running for a parliamentary seat from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), referred to the upcoming elections as an “attempted political coup by the West”, reminiscent of the failed military coup of 2016, he said.
Speaking at an event in Istanbul, Soylu stressed that the events of July 15, 2016 were a real coup attempt by Western powers and the upcoming May 14 elections are a continuation of their efforts to destabilize Turkey.
According to Soylu, Western powers have been planning to “eliminate” Turkey for years and the failed military coup was just the beginning. He said US President Joe Biden had previously admitted that they could handle Turkey by such methods when all other efforts failed.
However, Soylu did not specify when Biden made these comments but Soylu has frequently accused the West of trying to overthrow Turkey’s government through a series of coup attempts, including the upcoming elections.
He also argues that Greece is a U.S. pawn that wants to attack Turkey to punish it for Turkish President Erdogan’s stance.
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