Turkish Defense Minister Warns Greece and Cyprus Over Aegean, EastMed

Hulusi Akar. File photo

During a visit on the Turkish-Syrian border on Saturday, the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar sent an indirect message to Greece and Cyprus about their plans on the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Akar said that Turkey will not be excluded from any decision that will be taken either for the Aegean Sea or for the region around Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Akar called these two regions ”our seas” and added that everyone has a legal obligation to respect the status of the islands in the Aegean.

Akar referred to the Turkish claims that some of the islands of the Aegean are ”occupied by Greece”, something that has been debunked by Greek officials numerous times.

These remarks came only three days after the Greek Minister of Defense Evangelos Apostolakis expressed his concern about Turkey’s increasing provocations in the region.