Turkey rejects Greece’s “maximalist” aims in the Eastern Mediterranean, which lack a authorized foundation and disregards logic, Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın stated Thursday.
Kalın highlighted that Turkey opposes the rhetoric of threats and favors an equal distribution of sources.
The Greek facet’s “maximalist” place claims that the island of Kastellorizo (Meis in Turkish)-only 2 kilometers from the Turkish shore, however about 580 km away from the Greek mainland-“ought to have a 40,000 sq. km continental shelf space, which is nearly like half of Turkey’s Gulf of Antalya,” Kalın instructed an internet coverage briefing by the European Policy Centre in cooperation with the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK).
Saying that Turkey doesn’t need any form of army pressure and even political pressure in the Eastern Mediterranean, Kalın stated Greece’s maximalist place is “in opposition to logic, in opposition to geography, in opposition to worldwide agreements.
As a part of its authorized hydrocarbon exploration, Turkey not too long ago introduced new seismic analysis exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean beginning on July 21.
The Turkish drillship Oruç Reis just isn’t drilling however as an alternative exploring “about 180 km from Meis island, Kastellorizo,” stated Kalın.
So the Greek response was “actually an overreaction,” he added.
Telling how Turkey and Greece agreed to the continental shelf and maritime borders by way of negotiated settlements, Kalın reiterated Turkey’s willingness to “begin exploratory talks with Greece that can embody all of those points, maritime limits, unique financial zones, the islands, rock formations, geographical formations that aren’t listed as islands on which no one lives, however Greek claims for itself.”
Kalın additionally stated the Greek Cypriots use their EU membership as a bargaining chip and a method to strain Turkey.
“We won’t ever settle for the language of threats or sanctions. We’re solely there to guard our rights. We wish to see an equitable and honest sharing of all of the pure sources in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he added.
Saying that beforehand for a number of years, Turkey had been excluded from all main power exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, he stated, “any power pipeline map, something of the type with out Turkey is not going to be possible.”
Meanwhile, Greece warned Thursday it would do “no matter is critical” to defend its sovereign rights in response to neighboring Turkey’s plans to proceed with an oil-and-gas analysis mission south of Greek islands in the jap Mediterranean.
Greek authorities spokesman Stelios Petsas described the Oruç Reis mission as a direct violation of Greek sovereignty and that of Greek ally Cyprus.
“The authorities is underlining to all events that Greece is not going to settle for a violation of its sovereignty and can do no matter is critical to defend its sovereign rights,” Petsas stated.
French President Emmanuel Macron stated sanctions now appeared mandatory.
“It just isn’t acceptable for a Union member state’s maritime house to be violated or threatened. Those accountable have to be sanctioned,” Macron stated earlier than talks in Paris with Greek Cypriot chief Nicos Anastasiades on the presidential Elysee Palace.
‘Macron attempting to say some kind of management in North Africa’
On the disaster in Libya, Kalın stated Turkey and Russia simply reached an settlement Wednesday “to kind a research group to work on a reputable and sustainable cease-fire.
“I underlined this phrase credible and sustainable as a result of many makes an attempt have been made in the previous during the last two years or so to succeed in totally different types of cease-fires and to advance the political course of, however all of them failed,” he stated.
Kalın famous that Turkey went to Libya on the invitation of the UN-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord “to assist them to push again aggressive conduct” by warlord Khalifa Haftar and his forces.
Since April 2019, Haftar’s illegitimate forces have launched assaults on the federal government in Tripoli and different elements of northwestern Libya, ensuing in greater than 1,000 deaths, together with civilian girls and kids.
Saying “the Haftar backers, which embody the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, France, and to a sure extent maybe Russia and others, will not be actually serving to the peace course of there,” Kalın added that French President Emmanuel Macron is “attempting to say some kind of management in North Africa. The form of management that I consider he would not have in Europe for the time being.”
“France’s help for Haftar additionally jeopardizes NATO’s southern safety as a result of there are a variety of difficult points there which I do not need to go into for the time being. But we wish to see the political course of transfer ahead,” he pressured.
He warned in opposition to the disaster in Libya turning into one other Syria battle “the place the battle is now not about Syria … we do not need to see a repeat of that in Libya.”
Asked concerning the Egyptian parliament this week greenlighting doable army intervention in Libya, Kalın referred to as this a “very counterproductive” transfer.
“I consider it could be a harmful army journey for Egypt to ship troops there, it would not assist advance the political course of,” he added.
Kalın additional pressured that Haftar backers “cannot push power their method into the Libyan political scene by sending extra troops or by sending him extra weapons and plane, by increase a significant army presence.”
“We do not need to see any army confrontation and even political pressure with any nation, together with Egypt, Russia, or France,” he added.
‘Europe lacks visionary management’
On Turkey-EU relations, Kalın stated the bloc “retains pushing away Turkey” and that “Turkey’s authentic safety considerations aren’t addressed, taken under consideration, whether or not it is the combat in opposition to the PKK whether or not it is the combat in opposition to Daesh, or its combat in opposition to FETÖ terrorists, which carried out the July 15, 2016 coup try, or power considerations or different points.
In its greater than 30-year terror marketing campaign in opposition to Turkey, the PKK-listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and EU-has been chargeable for the deaths of 40,000 individuals, together with girls, kids, and infants.
The Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and its U.S.-based chief Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 individuals martyred and practically 2,200 injured.
Turkey accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running marketing campaign to overthrow the state by way of the infiltration of Turkish establishments, notably the army, police, and judiciary.
Reaffirming President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s dedication to Turkey’s EU membership course of, Kalın stated: “I believe the primary drawback in Europe is a scarcity of visionary management. If you have a look at the map, you are certain collectively geographically, traditionally, culturally, extra so than some other nation.”
A lot of PKK and FETÖ terrorists are taking shelter in European international locations, he stated, including: “They are utilizing the system to their benefit in opposition to us and poisoning relations between Turkey and various European international locations. They do that in the United States as effectively.”
“I believe we are able to overcome this drawback by speaking to one another slightly than by speaking about one another. That requires robust management, requires visionary management. If Europe needs to be related in regional and world affairs, if Europe needs to be a power for stability, for world orders for regional peace, it has no alternative however to work with Turkey,” he said.
Kalın urged that “outdated ideological political prejudices” be put apart in favor of a “give attention to a standard constructive agenda and producing a powerful wider, deeper, strategic management imaginative and prescient that can flip our whole area right into a regional peace, prosperity, and security for all.”
He once more reiterated Turkey’s openness to “constructive concepts,” whether or not concerning battle in the Eastern Mediterranean or Turkey’s EU membership bid.
“We wish to end the negotiations on the Customs Union [with the EU], replace the Customs Union, we wish to get the Schengen visa resolved, in order that Turkish residents can journey to Europe, like many different nation residents,” he stated, pertaining to two points speculated to be resolved beneath the 2016 Turkey-EU migrant deal, however Turkey says the EU didn’t preserve its guarantees.
“We wish to see an updating of the Turkey-EU migration deal in order that we are able to cope with the migration subject in a good method,” he added.