Turkey's economy has lost 140 billion Turkish lira since the launch of a corruption operation on December 17, Turkey's EU minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a speech in Antalya Anadolu Agency reported.
"We have been serving Antalya for 11 years," said Cavusoglu, "Why could we not spend these 140 billion lira on Antalya for example. But Turkey's economy is strong and no one could be able to ruin it."
The operation was a criminal investigation that involved several key people in Turkey's government and business elite.
Cavusoglu said that in the past the case could have damaged Turkey but "despite everything we stand tall".
He said the government trusts the nation and with their trust, votes and prayers both would able to stand by each other.
The minister also said Turkey's EU accession process is in progress. "We are continuing with reforms and raising the standards of living in Turkey," said Cavusoglu.