Deputy PM Şimşek claims some circles provoking Turkey economically

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Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Mehmet Şimşek makes a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during his visit for the World Bank and IMF annual meetings in Washington, United States on October 11, 2017. Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency

Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek on Sunday said some circles have been trying to economically provoke Turkey, claiming that the recent loss of value of the Turkish lira was part of the provocation, TGRT reported.

“They [some circles] have been provoking Turkey economically. Some of them have been trying to play games with the Turkish economy in recent months by means of baseless reports,” Şimşek said during a program in Gaziantep province.

“The recent movement in the markets and loss in value of the Turkish lira are to a great extent linked with the reports and provocations,” added Şimşek, referring to speculation on Turkey’s European Union membership and possible sanctions against Turkey in this context.

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