April 09, 2021 – 00:05
The protocol incident involving European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who was left without a chair by President Erdogan during a meeting with the two EU leaders at the presidential palace in Ankara, is growing. After Italian Prime Minister Draghi called the Turkish president’s behavior “inappropriate”, Ankara summoned the Italian ambassador.
Draghi used very harsh words against the Turkish leader, calling him a dictator.
“I absolutely do not agree with Erdogan, I think it was not an appropriate behavior. I was very sorry for the humiliation that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had to suffer. With these dictators, let us call them to what is necessary, however, we must be sincere in expressing the diversity of views and visions of society; and we must also be willing to cooperate to secure the interests of the country. “You have to find the right balance,” said the Italian prime minister.
Following these statements, Turkey has summoned the Italian ambassador to Ankara, Massimo Gaiani.
“We strongly condemn the uncontrolled claims of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi about our President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Meanwhile, EC President Charles Michel, expressing regret for what happened in Turkey, explained why he did not intervene: “I did not react because I thought it would cause a more serious accident.” / A2cnn