Erdogan: Turkey is ready for anything, including consequences in the Mediterranean

ANKARA, (BM) – Turkey is “ready for all possibilities and consequences”. These are the words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which he said yesterday at the opening of a new hospital in Istanbul, learned

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With these words, Erdogan was referring to the difficult and difficult relations in recent months with Greece over their dispute over energy resources in the Mediterranean.

According to the Turkish president, the country “has the political, economic and military power to break away from the immoral cards” imposed over the years by other polytheists.

We remind you that Turkey is currently opening several fronts. She is actively involved in joint patrols with Russia in the Syrian province of Idlib, but at the same time she is trying to oppose the PKK troops, whom Erdogan describes as terrorists.

Erdogan is currently paying mercenaries, mostly from Syria, to wage war on his behalf and in support of the Libyan Government of national accord [GNA] against insurgent Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are backed by lawmakers in Benghazi. Behind Haftar is the entire Libyan national army [LNA].

Turkey also intervened in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, conducting several exercises with the Azeris and sending military equipment to help them. At the same time, Russia is doing exactly the same thing, but in aid of Armenia.

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Thus, with three fronts open, Erdogan believes he can open a fourth – this time with his Balkan neighbor and NATO member – Greece.

According to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Greeks have not accepted NATO’s initiative, which aims to ease tensions in the disputed waters, despite Turkey’s approval. He made this statement to journalists on Friday.

However, if there is military action, Turkey will face an almost equal opponent for the first time. Of course, Greece does not have the military power of the Turks, but in the face of a number of partners received support and readiness to defend. France and the United Arab Emirates support Athens, and Egypt is so ready to protect the Greeks that there will be no need for an invitation.

El-Sisi, the Egyptian president, has long been waiting for an opportune moment to confront Turkey. There is a reason and opportunity to do so. The Egyptian army is a real competitor to the Turkish, has an equivalent amount of military equipment, including modern military technology. Russia is a supplier to the Egyptian army, so a possible clash will be faced by Russian and NATO / Western equipment.

Despite the flowing patriotism in Erdogan’s speeches towards Greece and Ankara’s readiness to resolve everything by military confrontation, the political overdose still does not seem to have reached its peak. Erdogan is lying, saying that Turkey is in good economic condition. This has not been the case for a long time, especially after the United States refused to help Turkey financially, after Erdogan made the difficult decision to buy Russian S-400 anti-missile systems instead of the American Patriots.

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On top of that, US sanctions on Turkey loomed like a sword of Damocles over Erdogan’s head, especially after the news that he had decided to buy more batches from the Russians, and even co-produce them with them.

Egypt warns Turkey: We’re military power, and Greece is important partner

“Egypt and Greece signed a maritime demarcation agreement last week in a development that has broad economic and mainly geopolitical and defense significance,” a major Cairo newspaper reported on August 12.

More than a dozen rounds of negotiations took place before the signing of the agreement demarcating the maritime border between Egypt and Greece on August 6, which defines the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries.

“The agreement is important for Greece and Egypt,” explained Egyptian oil expert Ramad Aboul-Ella.

“It could also mean exploiting new gas fields, after the Zohr one that was discovered in 2015. This is particularly important as there are those who want to ‘soil’ our financial waters,” Abul-Ela said. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who “wants to stick his nose where it does not belong” underlines.

“First, he [Erdogan – ed.] is an invader in northern Syria and Iraq and now he is pirate in the Mediterranean,” he said, echoing the general view that prevails in Egypt about R.T. Erdogan.

In November last year, Turkey and the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya Fayez Al-Sarraj signed a memorandum of understanding on maritime borders in the Mediterranean Sea.

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“Their shores are not opposite, though,” Abul-Ela said.

UNCLOS is an international convention adopted in 1982 that allows a state to extend the EEZ coast to 200 nautical miles (370 km). However, if the sea distance between two countries is more than 424 nautical miles, the exclusive economic zone can only be defined through bilateral agreements between two coastal states.


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