Erdogan: Turkey to Send Message to West in May Elections

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discusses local defence industry, rise of far-right in France, as well as Western meddling in Türkiye affairs in a wide-ranging TV interview and vows Turkish people will give necessary answer on May 14.

“Türkiye will give a message to the West” through the country’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, which not only the West but also the Islamic world closely follows, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

“The West has plans regarding Türkiye. You are currently viewing the situation of [French President Emmanuel] Macron. What is behind the scenes of Macron’s trip to China? What is the situation in its [France’s] relations with America? Why did Macron go to China?” Erdogan said in a televised interview on Wednesday.

Turning to a recent survey which suggested that far-right leader Marine Le Pen would beat Macron if last year’s presidential elections were repeated, Erdogan said, “Le Pen is now ahead of Macron … How did it happen? It means there is a change in the survey results.”

Turkish people will give the necessary answer on May 14, he said.

“Türkiye will give a message to the West with this election…This country does not look at what the West says, neither when fighting terrorism nor in determining its economic policies,” he added.