The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Italian Ambassador, Massimo Gaiani, after the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, described the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as a “dictator” after the rudeness of the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
“I absolutely disagree with President Erdogan, I think it was not an appropriate behavior. I very much regretted the humiliation that President Von der Leyen had to suffer,” Draghi lamented this Thursday.
“With these, let’s call them for what they are, dictators, with whom, however, we need to cooperate, it is necessary to be frank in expressing our divergent views, behaviors and views of society, but we also have to be willing to cooperate to guarantee the interests of our country, “he said.
In response, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has condemned the “unacceptable” and “unpleasant” comments by the Italian prime minister about the Turkish president, who, he recalled, is an elected leader.
“We strongly condemn the populist and unacceptable rhetoric of Prime Minister-designate Mario Draghi and his unpleasant remarks about our president-elect,” he wrote on Twitter.
Faced with the controversy that Von der Leyen was relegated to a sofa, while his partner, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, was able to sit next to Erdogan, the Turkish Government has wanted to step out by ensuring that in the distribution of seats “They complied with the demands of the European Union.”
However, Brussels has denied that it had access to the room where the controversial meeting took place and has assured that the Turkish authorities came to hinder the possibility that the European Council could previously review the stay, claiming that it was too close to Erdogan’s office.
The rudeness occurred in a meeting in which Von der Leyen was forced to sit on a sofa, while Erdogan and Michel occupied chairs that matched their respective positions of power in the center of the room. Since then, Brussels has spoiled this gesture, claiming that it did not participate in the protocol of the event, without wanting to get into too many controversies with Turkey.