Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday (September 26th) of a risk of ” ethnic and confessional war ” if Iraqi Kurdistan were to complete its independence project to which Ankara is firmly opposed. Turkey promises to resort to economic and even military sanctions against the authorities of Erbil.
Massoud Barzani, the Iraqi Kurdish leader he had allied himself with, to cancel his referendum on independence, but this ” treason ” appointed, is likely to provoke nothing less than an ” ethnic and confessional war “, has swept away the Turkish head of state.
Turkey is ready to jeopardize ten years of fruitful trade – in the order of $ 7 billion each year – with its regional neighbor to make it sound. Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to close the land border and the “pipes” of the pipeline, which allows Iraqi Kurdistan to export the bulk of its oil via the Turkish port of Ceyhan.
“Military options” under consideration
In addition to economic reprisals, ” military options ” are also being studied, added the Turkish president whose army has been conducting a week of maneuvers at the Iraqi border.
But before applying sanctions one by one, Turkish officials say they want to coordinate with the government of Baghdad as well as with Iran, another regional neighbor hostile to the referendum. Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be in Tehran next week.