Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in Ankara against the backdrop of falling national currency. In response the “economic war,” unleashed the US, he proposed a ban on the import of American gadgets, reports Bloomberg.
“Those who have unleashed an economic war against Turkey must pay for it,” Erdogan said.
At the same time, he stressed that the US aggressive actions in the economic sphere affected not only Turkey but also a number of other countries. Among the states affected by the actions of Washington, the Turkish leader mentioned Russia, China and Canada.
Describing a possible response to US actions, Erdogan suggested boycotting American electronic products.
“We will produce and sell products that will be better than those we buy for foreign currency. And we will boycott American electronics,”
Anadolu agency quoted the president as saying. Erdogan reminded that there is an alternative to the devices manufactured in the USA. “They have an iPhone, on the other hand, there is Samsung,” he emphasized.
[In fact both iPhone and Samsung are produced in China – edit.]
According to Erdogan, the reason for the “economic war” against Turkey was its high economic indicators, in particular GDP. He emphasized that the country occupies the 17th place in the world in terms of the total GDP and the 13th largest GDP calculated on the basis of the purchasing power parity, and this is precisely the reason for the hostile relations with the US.
It was with the help of the iPhone, however, that Erdogan made his first statement in 2016 after the coup attempt in the country. Turning to his supporters, he used the FaceTime application developed by Apple. “Go out into the streets and give them your answer,” said the Turkish leader, urging citizens to enter into confrontation with the rebels.