Erdoğan's remarks came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation on Twitter to brace for U.S. military engagement in Syria following a suspected chemical attack in Douma, eastern Ghouta on April 8 that killed dozens of people.
In his Thursday speech in Ankara, Erdogan again criticized Washington for its support for the Kurdish militants in northern Syria, saying Turkey would continue to fight that mistake "until the end".
All this without even an FYI to the USA administration that once played a major role in the oil-rich region.
Remember Obama's unscripted red-line threat about Syria's use of chemical weapons on its own people?
Russian tourists visited Turkey a year ago and made Turkey the top tourism market for Russians, with a 12.7 percent of share in the total, according to the statement. They repeated the gas attack this month.
While Russia, alongside Iran, has been supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkey has repeatedly called for his ouster and supported Syrian rebels.
The U.S. support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the PKK terrorist group's Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and its armed wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), made Turkish governments focus on elimination of the group from northern Syria.While Russia provided heavy military support to Assad, his presence in leading the regime has been a matter of disagreement between Ankara and Moscow.
Nonetheless, Trump's instincts are to abandon the region, which much of his staunch base approves.
The Turkish defense minister's stark warning comes on the heels of several early morning tweets by Trump that intensified concerns that the U.S.is preparing to launch a military attack on Syria, risking a direct confrontation with Russian forces stationed in the country.
To cement Russian influence in Turkey, Putin is building a $20 billion nuclear reactor there and has just sold Erdogan $2.5 billion in sophisticated antiaircraft missiles to use against someone's planes. As the world's largest exporter of terror, Iran has sent 100,000 troops to bolster Assad. Tehran maintains that will free it to resume full-scale weapons development, which will likely prompt the Saudis to do the same.
Andrew Malcolm is an author and veteran national and foreign correspondent covering politics since the 1960s.