Ankara will proceed to do “no matter is critical,” the Turkish chief has vowed
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for reportedly searching for assist from Washington amid tensions between Ankara and Athens.
“The Greek prime minister is searching for assist from the US. In opposition to whom? In opposition to Türkiye. No matter you do, we are going to proceed to and are able to do no matter is critical,” Erdogan stated throughout a convention in Ankara on Tuesday.
The assertion adopted media stories final week claiming that Mitsotakis instructed his cupboard he was assured that Greece had the assist of the US and the EU towards Türkiye.
Additionally on Tuesday, the Greek PM obtained a delegation of US lawmakers, led by the chairman of the Home Armed Companies Committee, Adam Smith, in Athens. Through the talks, Mitsotakis hailed the “extraordinarily good degree” of Greek-US relations, together with progress in army cooperation. He additionally insisted that Greece “won’t settle for an infringement of its sovereignty or sovereign rights” by Türkiye.
Regardless of each being NATO members, Turkey and Greece have rocky relations, difficult by, amongst different issues, a dispute over mineral exploration rights within the Japanese Mediterranean and rivaling territorial claims within the Aegean Sea.
Tensions have been mounting between the 2 neighbors lately, with Ankara accusing Athens of militarizing islands within the Aegean Sea, not removed from the Turkish coast. Greece has claimed that it solely acted in response to Türkiye’s aggressive insurance policies.
Throughout a televised interview final week, Erdogan claimed there merely might be no comparability between Türkiye and Greece by way of their significance to NATO. The US “can not discover one other ally like Türkiye,” he claimed.