Selava Omar – Xeber24.net – “Agencies”
The eastern Mediterranean has turned into a focus of tension recently, especially between Turkey and Greece, following Ankara’s continued exploration of energy resources in the marine areas bordering Athens.
On Saturday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened to launch a war against Greece, which raises the current tension between the two countries to an unprecedented level.
This came in an interview with the Turkish “Anadolu Agency”, where he said: “Our nation does not place any weight on anything when it comes to its independence and freedom, and it does not hesitate to pay any price for their preservation.”
Earlier, Turkish Vice President Fuad Aktay threatened Greece with the same thing.
For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed, “It is not a coincidence that those seeking to exclude our countries from the Eastern Mediterranean are the same who tried to seize its lands a century ago.”
Greece responded to the speech of the Turkish Vice President, through its Foreign Ministry, which said in a statement, Saturday, that Athens’ exercise of its sovereign rights is not subject to any form of Turkish veto.
And added, “Turkey’s belief that it can threaten neighboring countries with the use of force when they exercise their legal rights contradicts the principles of international law and contemporary political culture.”
And the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced last week his government’s intention to submit a bill to Parliament to expand its territorial waters in the Aegean Sea from 6 miles currently to 12 miles.
And the level of tension between Greece and Turkey has recently risen to an unprecedented level, while signs of an armed conflict between the two countries have appeared.
The two countries exchanged maneuvers in the Mediterranean, while France joined Cyprus and Greece in the maneuvers, especially after Paris’ rejection of the policy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and said it was “expansionary and threatens the stability of Europe.”
For its part, the European Union threatened to impose strict sanctions on Turkey, in the event that no progress was made towards reducing tension with Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean.