Turkey intends to give diplomacy one of the best likelihood attainable, resolving points by means of dialogue in a approach that advantages all events, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated Saturday in response to requires talks from French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
Macron referred to as on Turkey to reopen a “accountable dialogue” on the Eastern Mediterranean, having not too long ago threatened sanctions on the nation and referred to as on the European Union to stand united in opposition to Ankara.
In a sequence of Tweets, Erdoğan stated that Turkey would pay no regard to persistent provocations, stating that Ankara had carried out these processes in a decided and mature method.
“With this objective, we will proceed to defend each inch of water and land in our nation proper to the tip,” he stated.
Turkey Friday accused Macron of including gasoline to the hearth within the Eastern Mediterranean and making it more durable to resolve points within the area.
Tensions have not too long ago escalated over the problem of power exploration within the Eastern Mediterranean.
Greece has disputed Turkey’s power exploration within the area, attempting to field in Turkish maritime territory based mostly on the proximity of quite a few its islands to the Turkish coast.
Turkey – the nation with the longest shoreline on the Mediterranean – has despatched out drillships accompanied by naval escort to probe for power on its continental shelf, saying that each Ankara and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus had rights within the area.
To scale back tensions, Turkey has referred to as for dialogue to make sure the honest sharing of the area’s assets.
Meanwhile, Turkish and Greek navy delegations have held technical conferences at NATO headquarters in Brussels to focus on methods to scale back the chance of an incident amid rising tensions within the area.