Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a rally for his political party.

On Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made an emergency visit to both Athens and Ankara to meet with his counterparts to try to soothe tensions in a dispute over who owns potentially-oil and gas-rich areas of the eastern Mediterranean. The same day, naval forces from both Greece and Turkey held drills off Crete.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emphasized that Ankara would make “no concessions” to Greece in the Mediterranean, warning Greece against any provocations, and emphasizing that his country would take ‘what it deserves’ in the Mediterranean, as well as the Aegean and Black seas.

“We will not compromise what is ours…We are determined to do whatever is necessary,” Erdogan said, speaking at a ceremony Wednesday commemorating the anniversary of the Seljuk Turkish victory over the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of Manzikert in the year 1071.

“We invite our counterparts…to beware that any error could pave the way to their ruin,” Erdogan added.

Erdogan’s comments come in the wake of Greece’s announcement Wednesday that the Greek, French, Italian and Cypriot navies would carry out three days of joint military exercises south of Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete.

“Cyprus, Greece, France and Italy have agreed to deploy a joint presence in the eastern Mediterranean as part of a quadripartite cooperation intiative,” the Greek Defence Ministry said in a statement. “The tensions and instability in the eastern Mediterranean have heightened disputes on issues concerning maritime space,” the ministry added.

Greece accused Turkey of repeatedly violating the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, making it necessary for quartet cooperation to “enhance security and stability in the wider region and ensure freedom of navigation.”

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The drills, dubbed the ‘Eunomia’ exercises, in reference to the minor Greek goddess of law and order, will run Wednesday through Friday off the southern course of Cyprus.

The French military confirmed its participation in the drills in a statement Wednesday, saying three Rafale jets and a frigate will take part.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Stern Daler
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2020-08-27 11:46

Erdogan should go to the beach on the Aegean coast. Then he must turn the back to the sea. And all that he sees then is Turkish Anatolia which he can keep.

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2020-08-27 12:05
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Florence Parly, the French defense minister, wrote on Twitter on August 26th: “The eastern Mediterranean is turning into an area of tension. Compliance with international law must be the rule, not the exception. Together with our Cypriot, Greek and Italian partners, we are starting a military exercise with air and naval forces today. ”

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2020-08-28 04:11
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I have clues about we installing Rafale’s active stealth on Luftwaffe’s Typhoons and it might be added to the S-Hornet/Growlers of the nuclear squadron too. We already dev’d a standalone system on India’s demand as SPECTRA is too big for their small Tejas, it facilitates the integration. Now this is just a clue but the last Typhoon batch ordered with extended strike capabilities has “stealth” in its specs, and Dassault’s CEO saying he was happy Germany selected the SH over the F-35 for the nuke-sharing squadron, knowing that Dassault is #2 shareholder of Thales after the French state, well, I… Read more »

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2020-08-29 06:31
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F 35 was voted down long ago. F 18 was contemplated because it was certifies for nukes. IMHO Germany should cancle treaty allowing US to station troops in Germany. It costs us 100 million a year.
And we should send the US nukes away from Germany also. But introduce 2% GDP on military before it is scheduled in 2024. That way France and Germany alone would out-spend Russian 65 billion.
And Germany should stop being the biggest spender on NATO costs and ship the NATO portion in common integrated EU defence.

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Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-26 22:16

Fück Erdogan!

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2020-08-27 12:11
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Four F16s of the United Arab Emirates Air Force are currently at the Suda Bay Air Force Base, Crete, on joint exercises with their Greek comrades.

https://esut.de/2020/08/meldungen/22511/oestliches-mittelmeer-kanonenbootdiplomatie-und-politische-beratungen/

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Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-26 22:18

It’s a path to ruin for Turkey for sure : no way the EU will let anyone steal our energy resources! Dream on Mr. ErDOG!

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2020-08-27 11:55
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He banks on US military help. Maybe he knows more than we. In 1974 the US stopped the UK plan to prevent the Turkish invasion. according to wikipedia.tr
An joined exercise called Eunomia and all the EU requests to keep out of the EEZ should have made him think.
p.s. I wonder whether the US will risk to lose the EU to keep their Turkish dog.

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2020-08-28 03:28
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Except that losing the EU now would mean losing NATO! Moreover, it would mean the US 6th fleet booted from the Mediterranean sea by joint Spanish+Egyptian refusal of using their territorial waters, losing EU countries as clients for US weapons, and likely the EU teaming with Russia… In terms of foreign politics, it would be suicidal!
The US are more subtle than this, this is the old Brit maritime policy, but the stakes are too high and the Turkish dog has rabies, and we both know what is the fate of rabid dogs.

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2020-08-29 06:45
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Eastern EU would side with the US. They have un-rational fear of the Czar. US give a d**n about territorial waters it is free sea to them.

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2020-08-28 03:59
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IMHO, US support to Erdog is very limited, maybe even are them pushing him into making a fatal mistake… In fact, with US troops in Iraq and N-Syria, they’d even be well placed to cut a Kurdistan into Turkey with sea access in the Adana/Antioch region, from a strategic POV, it would even best serve US interests, Russia may consider creating a greater Armenia onto the Black Sea since it’s the only landlocked CSTO country, well, it smells Sèvres v2.0… The funny fact is that ErDOG seems to ignore the laws of this universe : any action gets compensated by… Read more »

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2020-08-29 06:40
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Adana/Antioch is a pipe dream that has Arab not Kurdish or Caucasian population today. Rize/Trabzon are a better target.

The GröFaZ was forced into war in 1939 because that postponed paying debts and state bankruptcy.