Turkey rejects Greece’s “maximalist” targets in the Eastern Mediterranean, which lack a authorized foundation and disregards logic, Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın mentioned 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 advised 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 sort of army pressure and even political pressure in the Eastern Mediterranean, Kalın mentioned 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 lately introduced new seismic analysis exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean beginning on July 21.
The Turkish drillship Oruç Reis is just not drilling however as a substitute exploring “about 180 km from Meis island, Kastellorizo,” mentioned 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 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 mentioned the Greek Cypriots use their EU membership as a bargaining chip and a option to strain Turkey.
“We won’t ever settle for the language of threats or sanctions. We’re solely there to guard our rights. We want to see an equitable and truthful 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 vitality exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, he mentioned, “any vitality pipeline map, something of the type with out Turkey won’t be possible.”
Meanwhile, Greece warned Thursday it is going to 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 japanese 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 won’t settle for a violation of its sovereignty and can do no matter is critical to defend its sovereign rights,” Petsas mentioned.
French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned sanctions now appeared mandatory.
“It is just not acceptable for a Union member state’s maritime area to be violated or threatened. Those accountable should be sanctioned,” Macron mentioned earlier than talks in Paris with Greek Cypriot chief Nicos Anastasiades on the presidential Elysee Palace.
‘Macron making an attempt to claim some type of management in North Africa’
On the disaster in Libya, Kalın mentioned 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 achieve totally different types of cease-fires and to advance the political course of, however all of them failed,” he mentioned.
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 components of northwestern Libya, ensuing in greater than 1,000 deaths, together with civilian girls and youngsters.
Saying “the Haftar backers, which embody the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, France, and to a sure extent maybe Russia and others, are usually not actually serving to the peace course of there,” Kalın added that French President Emmanuel Macron is “making an attempt to claim some type of management in North Africa. The sort of management that I consider he does not have in Europe in the intervening time.”
“France’s assist for Haftar additionally jeopardizes NATO’s southern safety as a result of there are a variety of sophisticated points there which I do not wish to go into in the intervening time. But we want to see the political course of transfer ahead,” he careworn.
He warned in opposition to the disaster in Libya turning into one other Syria battle “the place the battle is not about Syria … we do not wish to see a repeat of that in Libya.”
Asked concerning the Egyptian parliament this week greenlighting potential army intervention in Libya, Kalın known 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 careworn 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 build up a serious army presence.”
“We do not wish 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 mentioned the bloc “retains pushing away Turkey” and that “Turkey’s professional 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 vitality 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, youngsters, 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 almost 2,200 injured.
Turkey accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running marketing campaign to overthrow the state by the infiltration of Turkish establishments, significantly the army, police, and judiciary.
Reaffirming President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s dedication to Turkey’s EU membership course of, Kalın mentioned: “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.”
Numerous PKK and FETÖ terrorists are taking shelter in European international locations, he mentioned, including: “They are utilizing the system to their benefit in opposition to us and poisoning relations between Turkey and a lot of 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 somewhat than by speaking about one another. That requires sturdy management, requires visionary management. If Europe needs to be related in regional and international affairs, if Europe needs to be a power for stability, for international orders for regional peace, it has no selection however to work with Turkey,” he acknowledged.
Kalın urged that “previous ideological political prejudices” be put apart in favor of a “give attention to a standard optimistic agenda and producing a powerful wider, deeper, strategic management imaginative and prescient that can flip our total 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 want to end the negotiations on the Customs Union [with the EU], replace the Customs Union, we want to get the Schengen visa resolved, in order that Turkish residents can journey to Europe, like many different nation residents,” he mentioned, concerning two points speculated to be resolved underneath the 2016 Turkey-EU migrant deal, however Turkey says the EU did not hold its guarantees.
“We want 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.