Ankara, Turkey – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu made the remarks after meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Çavuşoğlu, “towards Greece,” if you take the wrong steps, this time we will not have an accident, we will do whatever is necessary, ” he said.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu made the remarks after meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Çavuşoğlu: ‘We will do whatever is necessary without hesitation’
Turkey warned Greece on Tuesday not to escalate tensions in the eastern Mediterranean or it will not hesitate to do “what is necessary,” though it said it wanted to solve the issue through dialogue and diplomacy.
Speaking at a news conference with German counterpart Heiko Maas in Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu said any dialogue must not include Greek pre-conditions. “We will do whatever is necessary without hesitation,” he said.
Turkey and Greece have traded rhetorical barbs over offshore hydrocarbon rights, drawing the European Union and other nearby countries into the dispute, which earlier this month involved a light collision between Turkish and Greek frigates.
Germany has urged de-escalation, warning Turkey and Greece risked a military clash otherwise.
Çavuşoğlu said they discussed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Libya. Çavuşoğlu, Greece, ” if you take the wrong steps, this time we will not have an accident, we will do whatever is necessary,” he said.
“We wanted a fair share in the Eastern Mediterranean instead of excluding the Turkish Cypriot people and Turkey,” Çavuşoğlu said. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed this at every turn. But, unfortunately, Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) have increased tension. We saw the latest example of this once again yesterday when Greece conducted military exercises in the region. We have waited patiently for many years to start our activities,” he said.
‘This time we won’t have an accident’
Stressing that they will not allow Greece to set the rules of international law, Çavuşoğlu said: “I would like to advise Greece as follows. Stop being so spoiled. You have to understand that there is no place to be reached without preconditions and with full EU support. Don’t put yourself at risk by coming to the fill of some countries. No, we will defend our rights, if you make statements that we will exercise, this time we will not have an accident, whatever is necessary, we will do without hesitation. Don’t come to the game. We’re up for dialogue. I told Mass today. We have to negotiate with all the countries around the Eastern Mediterranean, except for the Greek Cypriot side that has to first meet with the TRNC , in order to share fair income, in order to share fair share with all the countries. But for this, Greece should not bring preconditions to Turkey, especially Greece will not be with preconditions., “he said.
‘The situation is extremely risky’
“I have to say this now both here and in Athens, we have dealt with this dangerous situation, we have dealt with the escalating situation,” Maas said, adding that the meetings will also focus on the Eastern Mediterranean. Unfortunately, it worries not only the EU but also its NATO allies. The situation is extremely risky. When you approach a cliff, you risk falling down. We want to prevent this development.” said.
Greece and Turkey told German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday that they did not want to settle their dispute over the Eastern Mediterranean with military means, the minister said, saying there was a readiness for dialogue.
“I hear from all sides that the readiness to dialogue exists and that is why we regard it as achievable,” said Maas at a news conference with his Turkish counterpart after earlier visiting Greece.
“I remain convinced that if both sides start direct talks with honest intentions we can find a solution that can be acceptable to both sides,” he said.
Maas also said that ties between the European Union and Turkey were at a crossroads and it would be clear by the end of the year where relations were heading.