A prominent author says the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gone hysterical over the defeats inflicted on the insurgents fighting against the Syrian government, Press TV reports.
“He [Erdogan] was told by the United States, he was told repeatedly by Obama in their private telephone conversations that the Syrian government would collapse like a house of cards and he could then emerge as the hero of that regime change,” an author and historian from Washington, Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley said in an interview with Press TV on Saturday
Referring to the October 10 incident, in which Turkish F-16 fighter jets intercepted a Syrian Airbus A320 flying over Turkish airspace and escorted it to Ankara’s Esenboga Airport, Tarpley said the event made Erdogan look like an “unstable, erratic, mercurial kind of leader and not at all what he wanted to be”.
“He [Erdogan] is now gotten himself into this really terrible fix, which of course could be potentially tragic for the world,” he added.
The Turkish authorities allowed the plane and its passengers to leave Ankara nine hours after landing, but they seized parts of a cargo carried by the plane.
Prime Minister Erdogan later said the grounded plane contained “equipment and munitions sent for the Syrian Defense Ministry from a Russian institution.”
Syrian foreign ministry dismissed Turkish premier’s claims, saying that Erdogan “continues to lie in order to justify his government's hostile attitude towards Syria."
On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “There were, of course, no weapons on the plane and could not have been any. There was a cargo on the plane that a legal Russian supplier was sending in a legal way to a legal customer.”
Syria has demanded that Ankara return the confiscated equipment and pay compensation for grounding the airplane.