Turkey tells EU to cease ‘blindly’ backing Greece in standoff

Ankara, September 11

Turkey known as on European Union international locations on Friday to desert a coverage of “blindly” taking the facet of EU members Greece and Cyprus in a tense standoff over vitality exploration rights within the japanese Mediterranean.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy additionally urged Greece to scale back the continued tensions by backing a NATO initiative that goals to scale back the chance of an armed battle at sea and withdrawing Greek warships which are monitoring a Turkish analysis ship — which itself is accompanied by Turkish warships.

NATO allies Greece and Turkey have deployed naval and air power items to say competing claims over vitality rights within the japanese Mediterranean. Turkish survey vessels and drill ships proceed to prospect for gasoline in waters the place Greece and Cyprus declare unique financial rights.

Turkey accuses Greece of attempting to seize an unfair share of maritime assets and Cyprus of disregarding the rights of Turkish Cypriots on the ethnically-divided island.

Greece and Turkey have carried rival naval workout routines amid their standoff. On Friday, Turkey issued a brand new Navtex, or worldwide maritime security message, for Sept. 12-Sept. 14 live-fire workout routines between its southern coast.

Aksoy’s statements have been directed on the leaders of seven southern European international locations, who at a gathering Thursday urged Turkey to finish its “unilateral and illegal activities” within the japanese Mediterranean and to renew dialogue to ease tensions.

In their last assertion, the leaders of France, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Spain and Portugal reaffirmed their “full support and solidarity with Cyprus and Greece” as they face Turkey’s “confrontational actions.” Meeting in Corsica, France, the leaders additionally warned that the EU was able to develop a listing of additional sanctions except Turkey ends its unilateral actions and engages in dialogue.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman known as their declaration “biased, detached from reality and lacking a legal basis”.

“The EU and the other countries that signed the declaration should abandon their one-sided and biased attitudes that they blindly pursue under the guise of solidarity,” Aksoy mentioned. “Solidarity can occur with the side which is right. There can be no solidarity with the wrongful side.” AP

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