‘We’ve got to work with other partners in terms of buying and selling weaponry’, Cavusoglu told the German outlet in his recent interview - one of his first large interviews with foreign media since the failed military coup in Turkey. The official criticized some of Turkey’s partners in NATO who oppose the idea to sell weapons and military facility to Turkey – as well as the idea to exchange reconnaissance data.
Cavusoglu reiterated that Turkey remains one of NATO’s strongest supporters, adding that the rumors about Turkey’s intentions to withdraw from the Alliance are spread by anti-Turkish circles – not the government.
The Turkish foreign minister also claimed the EU humiliates Turkey by refusing to implement the visa-free regime with this country - in exchange for Ankara’s help to solve the ongoing migration crisis. According to the minister, Turkey has spent years putting much effort to obtain the visa free regime with the EU; what they got instead was ‘only threats, abuses and total blockade’.