BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – A spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey accused Greece of practicing piracy in the eastern Mediterranean region, stressing that the French moves would end in a crushing defeat.

“Turkey is conducting research and exploration work in the eastern Mediterranean within its continental shelf and its territorial waters, and this is something Greece has nothing to do with,” Omar Celik said in a statement reported by the Anadolu Agency.

He continued, directing his speech to the Greeks: “If you are looking for reliable interlocutors, there is nothing better than Turkey. Greece has become a piracy country in the eastern Mediterranean and is seeking things larger than its size.”

On his attack on France, Celik said: “If the French president announces red lines in our continental shelf and our homeland, then we return those lines to him.”

He continued: “The French have nothing that they can achieve by bringing Rafale fighters to the eastern Mediterranean , or conducting maneuvers with Greek Cyprus. The result will be a severe defeat for the Greek government.”

Earlier in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “The attempts to seize the riches of the Mediterranean are a new face of modern colonialism .”

He said, “The attempt to confine Turkey within its coasts through the Greek island of Meis (Kastellorizo), which has an area of ​​only 10 square kilometers, is the most prominent expression of injustice and inequity.”

Celik added, “Attempts to push a country that does not benefit itself (referring to Greece) to confront a regional and international power such as Turkey, has become a funny thing.”

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Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2020-09-03 16:10

That the 1923 Lausanne treaty to gave the Greek settled areas of Anatolia to Turkey because it had stronger land forces has nothing to do with justice – neither has it anything to do with justice that Greece could keep the Greek settled islands and the sea around them. It is simply owed to Greek fleet and victory at sea. So the results of the Lausanne peace treaty are owed by partial victories. The treaty is not just in both respects – it must be still kept by Turkey and Greece. Or do the Turks plan to return the once… Read more »

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2020-09-03 20:03
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Crushing defeat? What army and navy does Turkey plan to use against the combined forces of Greece and France – an UNSC member with nuclear arms?

p.s. The Russian navy will do drills near Cyprus after 17.09.2020. Maybe they are for hire and the reason why Pompeo plans to lift the 1987 weapons embargo against Cyprus next fiscal year.

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2020-09-02 10:11

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “The attempts to seize the riches of the Mediterranean are a new face of modern colonialism .” He just confessed what he’s doing 🙂 “Turkey is conducting research and exploration work in the eastern Mediterranean within its continental shelf and its territorial waters As long as it’s in its territorial waters or EEZ, nobody will say anything. The continental shelf is not a national property… He said, “The attempt to confine Turkey within its coasts through the Greek island of Meis (Kastellorizo), which has an area of ​​only 10 square kilometers, is the most prominent expression… Read more »