Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned Turkey that it will pay a heavy price for backing the rebels fighting to topple his leadership.
Describing his Turkish counterpart as “bigoted”, Assad accused Ankara of allowing terrorists to cross over from Turkey into Syria.
“Turkey will pay a heavy price,” Assad said. “It is not possible to put terrorism in your pocket and use it like a card. It is like a scorpion which won’t hesitate to sting you at the first opportunity.”
The Turkish parliament this week voted to prolong an order that allows Turkish troops to enter Syria should the government think it necessary.
Turkey shares a 900 kilometre border with Syria and the government has described the threat from chemical weapons as “imminent and serious”.
During the debate, Member of Parliament, Muhammed Bilal Macit, expressed concerns over whether Turkey could cope with more asylum seekers from Syria.
“This will create additional pressure on the nation,” he said.
Tension between the two countries has been rising in recent weeks. In the middle of last month, a car bomb exploded on the Syrian side of a border crossing with Turkey, killing seven and injuring 20 in an area controlled by Syrian rebels.
Previously Turkish troops shot down a Syrian government helicopter.
Assad accused the Turks of stoking up tensions between the two countries.
Turkey claims the helicopter had entered its airspace.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Putin tries to reassure over rouble worries, but also slams the West
- 2Eight children stabbed to death in Cairns, Australia
- 3Ukraine: Conflict could soon be over says optimist President Poroshenko
- 4US homeowner ‘defending his castle’ found guilty of killing German teenager
- 5EU summit agrees 300 billion euro fund to avert crisis
- 1Rosetta team is euronews’ people of 2014
- 2Putin answers press questions on Ukraine, NATO and the Russian economy
- 3US homeowner ‘defending his castle’ found guilty of killing German teenager
- 4New era for US-Cuba relations after 18 months of secret talks
- 5Ukraine: Conflict could soon be over says optimist President Poroshenko
- 1Rosetta team is euronews’ people of 2014
- 2Thailand’s Princess Srirasmi renounces royal status and will divorce
- 3Left-wing extremists run riot in upscale Zurich, Switzerland
- 4Italian singer-song writer ‘Pino’ dies on stage
- 5Australia: two hostages and gunman dead after police storm Sydney siege café
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2What will you ask US Senator John McCain? | euronews, world news
- 3Watch: Passengers ‘push-start’ frozen plane in Siberia | euronews, world news
- 4Le Pen: I admire ‘cool head’ Putin’s resistance to West’s new Cold War | euronews, interview
- 5McCain blasts Europe’s approach to Ukraine conflict ‘a joke’ | euronews, the global conversation
- 6Which countries in Europe cause the most air pollution damage? | euronews, world news
- 7Moldova pro-EU parties take narrow lead in elections | euronews, world news
- 8Grenoble: Europe’s first ad-free city | euronews, world news
- 9NATO joins search for ‘Russian submarine’ off Scottish coast | euronews, world news
- 10European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 11Obama’s ‘risky’ immigration gamble | euronews, world news
- 12Ukraine reports accident at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant | euronews, world news
- 13Crude awakening: Romania’s Black Sea oil and gas finds fuel Europe’s energy hopes | euronews, reporter
- 14Irony as organised crime prosecutor arrested for corruption in Romania | euronews, world news
- 15The American Century comes to an end as China becomes the world’s largest economy | euronews, economy
- 16European e-revolution people rise up | euronews, world news
- 17International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 18Belgium’s former queen Fabiola dies at 86 | euronews, world news
- 19Germans demand honour for Turkish woman beaten to death | euronews, world news
- 20Chechen ‘death’ unit fighting with rebels in eastern Ukraine | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 12:48 CET Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower tool
- 12:26 CET U.N. chief, visiting Ebola countries, urges respect for health…
- 12:23 CET China arrests American Christian aid worker near North Korean…
- 12:10 CET Five more Ukrainian soldiers killed despite truce – Kiev military
- 11:59 CET Kenya’s Kenyatta signs security law despite protests
- 11:54 CET French far-right mayor gets one-year ban over campaign funds
- 11:46 CET Financial fraud uncovered at branch of Franciscan order
- 11:37 CET Hong Kong former official, property tycoon guilty in graft case