• 12 August 2018 - 11:27
  • News Code: 89810
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Ankara's readiness to refuse dollars and euros in the country's trade with its partners.

"We are preparing to carry on trade in national currencies with China, Russia, Iran, Ukraine, which account for the largest volume of bilateral trade. If European countries want to get free from the dollar pressure, we are ready to create a similar system with them," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated during a meeting in Rize, Turkey, Sputnik reported.

Earlier in the day, the Turkish president urged the country's citizens to sell dollars and euros in order to support the lira, Turkey's national currency. The latter has been experiencing a major downfall since US President Donald Trump's recently announced sanctions.

Speaking about the spat with Washington, Erdogan called it a "currency plot," stating that those who provoke fluctuations in the value of the lira "think that they can destroy Turkey."

Erdogan noted that Ankara does not intend to tolerate the situation when "the world is declared an economic war, and several countries are pressured by the threat of imposing sanctions." He also recalled that "in the world, there is not a single politician and no country that succeeds in pursuing a hostile policy towards Turkey." The president also promised that "anyone who causes suffering to the Turkish people, sooner or later will pay for it."

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