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Turkey calls on Greece to stop militarizing Aegean islands

Turkey calls on Greece to stop militarizing Aegean islands

Çavuşoğlu says Athens continues its provocations.
06.12.2022 - 15:55

Calling on Greece to abide by international law, Turkey's foreign minister on Tuesday said otherwise Ankara "will do what is necessary"

Speaking in a joint press conference with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu in the capital Ankara, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said: "Either Greece takes a step back and abides by agreements, or we will do what is necessary" referring to Greece's recent military drill on Aegean islands.

Ankara will do whatever is necessary if required

Also, criticizing Greece for militarizing Aegean islands close to the Turkish coastline that were demilitarized under longstanding treaties, Çavuşoğlu said: "If Athens doesn’t want peace, Ankara will do whatever is necessary."

Turkish FM warns Greece of its provocations

Urging Greece to stop the illegal arming of Aegean islands with non-military status and to act in line with international agreements, he said: "Greece continues its provocations. We cannot keep quiet about it."

Recently, Greece carried out a military drill on the Aegean island of Rhodes, just 84 kilometers (52 miles) from the Turkish coastal city of Fethiye.