Turkey Lectures Greece on Aegean “Provocations”

Turkey defense minister had the following to say on May 25, according to Anadolu Agency:

“It is our sincere expectation that provocative acts and irresponsible statements, which do not help resolve problems in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean- are not allowed,” Hulusi Akar said during an event as part of Turkey’s largest military exercise Sea Wolf (Denizkurdu) 2019.

“Our desire and expectation are that the rights and interests of Turkey – which has the longest coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean – and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is to be respected. We expect from all the sides to respect these subjects. This is our most natural right,” Akar said.

“Turkey, in every occasion, voices that it sides with a resolution of the problems in Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean, and Cyprus within the framework of good neighborly relations and international law and it exerts efforts in this direction,” Akar added.

Turkey has consistently contested the Cypriot government’s drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, saying Turkish Cypriots also have rights to the resources in the area.