Turkey has censured Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for his remarks that Tel Aviv will "punish" Ankara by supporting its enemies.
Speaking in Istanbul on Sunday during a joint press conference with his Brazilian counterpart Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, “No one can harm Turkey. No one should put Turkey's strength to the test,” the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
He added, “No one will be able to blackmail us.”
In a reference to Israel's intension to cooperate with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group in order to weaken Turkey, Davutoglu said that any country that supports terrorism will surely get an appropriate response from Ankara.
On Friday, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth
reported that the Israeli foreign minister had planned meetings with PKK leaders in Europe to find ways to cooperate with them “in every possible area.”
Israeli officials swiftly denied the existence of such a plan. Davutoglu refused to accept Tel Aviv's denial and stressed that Turkey wants to see Israel "back its denial with actions."
In addition, he said the PKK has been going through a period of “tool-ization” --meaning that it has become a tool for those who wish to weaken Turkey.
“It's important that our Kurdish people be aware of this. Every time someone tries to harm Turkey, it uses the PKK to do so,” the foreign minister noted.