The Turkish military said on Friday it would not get involved in the political turmoil sparked by a high-level corruption probe targeting the very core of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

“The Turkish Armed Forces do not want to get involved in political debates,” the military said in a statement posted on its website.

The statement came after a close aide of Erdogan, Yalcin Akdogan, wrote in his column in a pro-government newspaper that the corruption scandal could be a setup to trigger a military coup. […]