The leader of the main Turkish opposition Republican Peopleâ€™s Party (CHP) says Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the sub-contractor of the Western hegemonic powers.
â€œThe CHP advocates Turkeyâ€™s interests in international platforms. Those who portray our policy as being against Turkeyâ€™s national interests are the sub-contractors of Western hegemonic powers,â€ Kemal Kilicdaroglu was quoted as saying by the Turkish Hurriyet Daily.
â€œThey [the Turkish government] are pursuing policies against national interests by sub-contracting,â€ Kilicdaroglu added.
Kilicdaroglu made the comments on July 11 in response to Erdoganâ€™s criticism of the CHP attitude regarding a Turkish F-4 Phantom that was shot down by Syria in June.
â€œThe attitude of the chairman of the CHP is an anti-national one. The attitude of the chairman of the CHP is one that encourages Turkeyâ€™s enemies and those who hope to invade Turkey,â€ Erdogan said on Wednesday.
On June 22, Syria said its air defense forces shot down a Turkish F-4 Phantom in the Syrian airspace â€œaccording to the laws that govern such situations.â€ The aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told TRT television on June 24, â€œAccording to our conclusions, our plane was shot down in international airspace, 13 nautical miles from Syria.â€
However, Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said in a press conference in Damascus a day later that the Turkish warplane â€œviolated Syrian airspace, and in turn Syrian air defenses fired back and the plane crashed inside Syrian territorial waters.â€