Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said in a speech that was posted to the CNN Türk YouTube channel on September 3, 2022 that the U.S. is behind the PKK and PYD militias and behind sectarian conflicts in the Middle East, and that Turkey does not "need" America or Europe. He said that the West would separate the Turks from their culture and their faith, and that just as Turkey uproots the PKK and PYD, it also wants to "rip America out."
Süleyman Soylu: "America holds the patent for the PKK and the PYD. They are their servants. In the past three years, the U.S. Senate has formally given the PKK and the PYD $2 billion in aid.
"If America did not provide security for the PKK and PYD, it would not be able to walk [even] half a meter in the Middle East. They would not be able to hide in any cave.
"We do not need America. We do not need Europe. It would separate us from each other, from our culture, from our religion, from our faith, from our belief.
"When will the [PKK and PYD] terror organizations be finished off? It will soon be finished off in Turkey, do not worry. With Allah's permission and blessing. But just that is not enough for us. We should rip it out of the region around us. Also, know that while we are ripping out the terror organization, we want to rip America out. I am speaking openly. There are no two ways about it. That's why they have been mixing this region up with coups for years. Alawites [against] Sunnis, Turks [against] Kurds... That's why they set us upon one another. That's why they have tried to make us foreign to one another. They do not want the world to see the facts about our religion and the realities of our civilization."