Erdogan’s remarks came after Ankara redeployed its hunt boat, Oruc Reis, to get a brand new energy exploration assignment in disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean, reigniting worries with Greece and Cyprus over ocean borders and mining rights. Turkish media reports stated two navy frigates are shadowing the hunting vessel.
Those tensions had rallied on the summer, prompting a military buildup, bellicose rhetoric along with anxieties of a confrontation between both NATO members and historical regional rivals.
“We shall continue to provide the answer they deserve on the area, to Greece and the Greek Cypriot government not having kept their promises through discussions over the EU and NATO platforms”
He did not spell out exactly what the claims were Turkish officials were accusing Greek officials of participating in a collection of”provocations” despite attempts to renew the so-called exploratory discussions involving the neighbors which were aimed at resolving disputes and were held in 2016.
Greece’s government stated, meanwhile, it would not participate in planned exploratory discussions with Turkey provided that the poll assignment was in advance.
“It is not possible to hold discussions about a (Main region) when a poll in that area is penalized,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas told personal Skai television.
Heiko Maas, the foreign minister of Germany, which was mediating between Athens and Ankara in an attempt to east the worries, criticized Turkey on Tuesday for shooting”unilateral steps” from the eastern Mediterranean that he stated were devoting attempts to deescalate tensions.
Ankara claims the Oruc Reis has been redeployed after provocative actions by Athens, for example, a choice to hold military exercises at the Aegean Sea on Turkey’s primary national holiday.
Throughout his address, Erdogan also rebuffed global criticism over Turkey’s move to start beachfront Cyprus’ fenced-off suburb of Varosha in split Cyprus’ breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.
“The fenced-off Varosha area is owned by the Turks of northern Cyprus. This ought to be called such,” he explained.
Varosha remained afresh and in Turkish army control following its Greek Cypriot inhabitants fled before progressing troops in 1974 when Turkey invaded and pitched the island along cultural lines following a coup by supporters of union with Greece.
Separately, Erdogan announced he would on Saturday announce details of this discovery a new all-natural gas reserve from the Black Seashore. In August, Turkey declared the discovery of 320 billion cubic meters of gas, which the nation said would help facilitate the country’s reliance on imports.