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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused Western countries of hypocrisy and double standards over the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15-16, 2016.
"This is a turning point in the history of democracies," Erdogan said in an article for Britain's Guardian newspaper on the occasion of the first anniversary of the coup attempt, reiterating his country's disappointment at the position of many Western countries on trying to topple the legitimate Turkish government.
The president accused Ankara's Western allies of betraying the Turkish people, adding that they preferred to distance themselves and pursue a "wait and see" strategy, which is a source of great concern to the Turkish people, he said.
Elements of the Turkish police on a tank used by the coupists on the night of 15 to 16 July of 2016. Turkey stresses the campaign of cleansing and the dismissal of more than 7300 government employees at once
"Criticizing these actions by the Ankara government against Fathullah Gulen supporters" raises questions about the West's support for democracy and security in Turkey, Erdogan said.
The Turkish president pointed out that many of the leaders of the Gulen have received refuge in Western countries, which says it is an ally and friend of Ankara, stressing the need to "choose the leaders of those countries between winning respect for the Turkish people again, or stand by the terrorists," he said .
"There is no justification for betraying Turkey's friendship in a way that is not commensurate with the basic values and bilateral relations," Erdogan said. "It is important for Turkey and all the democracies of the world in general. With Western countries. "
The relations between Ankara and the Western countries have increased markedly against the backdrop of last year's failed coup d'état. These countries have criticized the Turkish authorities for the punitive measures taken by Ankara against the coup d'état, which affected some 170,000 people, including senior government and military officials Level, suspected of involvement in these events, at a time when Washington has repeatedly met repeated demands by Ankara to hand over Gulen.