Greece will lose if it continues to transfer troops and weapons near Antalya
ANKARA, (BM) – In the event that Athens continues to transfer military and weapons to the Greek island of Meis, located 2 km from the coast of Turkish Antalya, Greece will be the loser. This warning was issued on September 1, by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a joint press conference with his Algerian counterpart Sabri Bukadum in Ankara, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the state news agency Anadolu.
The head of Turkish diplomacy drew attention to the transfer of the Greek military to the island of Meis on the Blue Star ferry.
“Greece’s unilateral steps recently taken in the region are aimed at isolating Turkey in the Mediterranean. Only police or gendarmerie officers can be on this island. If the Greek side tries to exceed the permissible limit of armaments, then Athens will be the losers,” Cavusoglu said.
The Minister stressed that Turkey is ready for dialogue with all parties to resolve controversial issues in the Eastern Mediterranean. “Ankara is ready for negotiations and stands for a fair distribution of resources,” the head of Turkish diplomacy said.
Earlier on Tuesday, official Ankara indicated that Greece was transferring troops to the said island in violation of the terms of the 1923 Lausanne Treaty and the 1947 Paris Agreement. The Greek military arrived on the shores of Turkey from the island of Rhodes. Their exact number has not been announced.
The transfer of the military to the Eastern Mediterranean during the research work by the Turkish vessel Oruç Reis was perceived by Ankara as a “provocation”. According to the Lausanne Treaty (Article 13) of 1923 and the Paris Agreement (Article 14) of 1947, Greece pledged not to deploy troops on the islands adjacent to Turkey.
As reported by BulgarianMilitary.com, Turkey has previously extended the exploration mission of its research vessel Oruç Reis in the Eastern Mediterranean, which has led to increased tensions in the region. Oil and gas exploration work will continue until September 12.
The corresponding notification was issued the previous evening, August 31, by the command of the Turkish Navy. The Oruç Reis is protected by a special Turkish flotilla. Earlier, Ankara indicated the deadline for the mission on September 1.
The decision was made by the Turkish side after last Monday, European Union officials called on the parties to the flaring conflict to dialogue with Ankara, and at the same time demanded that it refrain from unilateral steps in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Greek Foreign Ministry called the extension of the Turkish research mission illegal and called on the neighboring country to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation and continue to work to ensure stability in the region.
Kremlin’s ‘silence’ is deafening, Washington just turns a blind eye
The Russian media make extensive reference to the Greek-Turkish crisis. At the same time, however, the Kremlin’s “silence” is deafening. That was reported earlier at the Greek newspaper Pentapostagma.
The Kremlin has reportedly said it is in no hurry to take an official position on the issue, as it is an intra-Native affair and no Russian intervention has been requested from either country.
Of course, this crisis benefits Russia. There is also “silence” from NATO-US, which so far have not taken a stand against the Turkish provocations.
At the same time, despite Kremlin, the Russian media reports – “Greece hits a Turkish warship” and “Greek frigate, during a new challenge in the Aegean, hit a Turkish warship. The Turks once again violated the sovereign rights of Greece.”
Pentapostagma nots that At the moment when Turkey is provoking, the US once again turns a blind eye and indirectly sided with Erdogan.
“At the moment, only France, for its own reasons, of course, supports the Greeks. It would be interesting to see today what the outcome of the Dendia-Pompeo meeting will be and if Washington finally condemns Ankara” Pentapostagma also added.
The ‘bomb’ of Le Figaro
The US Pentagon is expressing concern over the deployment of French troops in the Eastern Mediterranean, calling on its two NATO allies, Paris and Ankara, to find a solution that will de-escalate tensions in the region.
According to a publication of the French “Le Figaro”, the intervention of the Pentagon follows the French support in Greece against the Turkish allegations for natural gas, in which it is emphasized that France is intervening in a “reduced framework”.
After the joint Greek-French naval exercise that took place in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea region, the representative of the US Department of Defense, Jonathan Hoffman, stated on Thursday: “The US military is apparently concerned about what is happening in the Eastern Mediterranean. “France and Turkey are two extremely important NATO allies and we would like to see the escalation of tension.”
“We would like them to continue to work together and find solutions that do not include the need to develop ships or military aircraft,” he added.
It is noteworthy that the American Pentagon puts Greece out of the picture due to the developments in the Mediterranean and the “extremely important NATO allies”.
Amid rising tensions between Turkey and France, mainly over differing interests in Libya, Paris has “temporarily” deployed two Rafale fighter jets and two warships in the Eastern Mediterranean, “to signal its desire to ensure compliance with international law”.
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