Erdogan – Turkey came under “economic attack” after U.S. statements

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkey came under a “heinous economic attack” after statements from the United States.

At a speech to officials from his AK Party in Ankara, he said: “We have faced a heinous attack targeting the Turkish economy after a series of negative statements from the U.S. about our country were used as an excuse.”

Erdogan also said Turkey would see the result of the central bank‘s independence after its substantial rate increase a day earlier. On Thursday the central bank lifted its benchmark rate by 6.25 percentage points.

(This version of the story corrects to show Erdogan did not explicitly say the United States was behind the attack)

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