EU commission condemns Erdogan’s ‘Europe threat’ with verbal note

The proposed constitutional changes were drafted with one person in mind – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. (Photo: Murad Sezer/Reuters)

The European Commission has summoned Turkey’s Ambassador to the EU to clarify comments made by the country’s president on Wednesday.

The ambassador, in the meeting in Brussels, was warned over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “threat-like” statements and Ankara was handed a verbal note of condemnation, according to reports.

Erdogan, speaking in Ankara several hours before the attack in London, had said, “If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely in the streets. We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect fundamental human rights.”

Erdogan’s comments came on the first anniversary of the Brussels attacks.

“There is no reason for the bomb, which exploded in Ankara, not to explode in Brussels … or in any other city in Europe,” Erdogan had said in 2016, only four days prior to the attacks that rocked the European capital.