Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his TV address on Tuesday accused the West of supporting "terror" and the coup plotters who tried to unseat him, in his toughest attack on Ankara's Western allies since the July 15 attempted putsch, according to AFP.
"Unfortunately, the West is supporting terror and standing by the coup plotters," said Erdogan in a televised speech at his presidential palace. "Those who we imagined to be friends are standing by the coup plotters and by the terrorists."
"I have tosay that this was done byforeign powers. This was not done only domestically…the scenario was written outside of Turkey." Erdogan also suggested Turkey would be unable to continue its strategic allegiance with the United States if it continues to "harbour" the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by the Turkish government of instigating the coup attempt.