A new attack against Greece, but also France, after the unequivocal condemnation of the Turkish provocations by the Euro-Mediterranean Conference, was launched by the Minister of Defense of Turkey, Hulusi Akar.
“In order to reduce the tension, some people just have to shut up. They do not need to do anything, they just need to be silent”, Akar said, referring once again apart from Greece to the French President Emmanuel Macron, who has repeatedly spoken out in favor of Greece and against Turkey’s illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean, saying that the EU should do the same unanimously.
He continued: “Those who enter into conspiracies against Turkey, as has happened in the past, will suffer the same damage as they did in the past”. He advised Greece to be silent, “so as not to become a snack for the interests of others”.
Earlier today, the Turkish Foreign Ministry went so far as to set conditions to stop provoking. “The elements contained in the final declaration regarding the Eastern Mediterranean and the Cyprus issue are products of prejudice, unrelated to reality and lack a legal basis”, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement regarding the Euro-Mediterranean Conference in Corsica.
The Turkish representative also claimed that Ankara is still open to talks with Greece provided that they will be unconditional. Aksoi said in a statement that Greece should “sit unconditionally at the negotiating table with Turkey” in order to achieve dialogue and co-operation in the region, stressing that Athens should withdraw its warships from the region around the Turkish survey vessel Oruc Reis, in order to de-escalate the tensions!
But he also set other unbelievable terms. Reiterating that Turkey is the country with the “largest coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean” (sic), he called on Greece to stop militarizing the islands of the Eastern Aegean, including Kastellorizo and put an end to “growing pressure” on the “Turkish” minority of Western Thrace.
“When solidarity is right, it is done with the just. There is no solidarity with the unjust”, he concluded, leaving hints for Greece’s allies.