Ankara, Turkey – Minister of National Defense Akar made flash statements on the Eastern Mediterranean. He also reacted to Macron’s hypocritical stance, noting that Greece’s preconditions had slowed NATO meetings. “Macron is pouring gasoline on the problems here,” he said. And that extends the solution. Macron himself is delusional. He’s trying to capture the role of Napoleon, who died two centuries ago, but we all see that his strength and height are not enough., “he said.
“Mr Macron is pursuing a number of roles to cover up his own problems,” National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said. He comes from thousands of kilometers and tries to get a role for himself in the Eastern Mediterranean. Macron is pouring gasoline on the problems here. That extends the solution, ” he said.
Minister Akar gave British Channel 4 television an assessment of recent developments. Minister Akar said that Turkey is conducting purely technical and scientific research on hydrocarbon research in the Eastern Mediterranean, as it has done before on its continental field. Akar said, ” we use it within the framework of our own right. There’s no provocation here. We’ve done this before, and we’re doing it in Oruç Reis. It’s an extension of our exercise of our own rights. Currently, Oruç Reis has been taken into port by the relevant ministry as part of its plans, but at the same time, other ships continue to work in their areas. Our work consists of planned, programmed, open, transparent, exercise of existing rights,” he said.
Minister Akar, French President Emmanuel Macron’s anti-Turkey statements, Turkey is in favor of peace, dialogue and efforts in this regard, he said. However, Turkey will continue to use its rights and law, Akar said:
“Mr. Macron is pursuing a number of roles to cover up his own problems. He comes from thousands of kilometers and tries to get a role for himself in the Eastern Mediterranean. These are not the right things. We protect our own right, our law, and we have always stated that we are ready to negotiate with our neighbor Greece and continue our dialogue. On the other hand, frequent talk of sanctions in various ways is also a threat language. It does nothing but increase tension. These events contribute not to the solution, but to the solution. The European Union does not have the authority to set rules, change rules, and set borders here. These need to be known, seen. Here we have to follow all the rules of universal law, not the right, not the law. Mr. Macron is pouring gasoline on the problems here. And that extends the solution. Macron himself is delusional. He’s trying to capture the role of Napoleon, who died two centuries ago, but we all see that his strength and height are not enough.”
Akar, who stressed that Turkey has a coast of about 2 thousand kilometers in the Mediterranean, said that Greece has armed some islands in the Aegean in violation of international law. Akar, who noted that Meis was among them, said: “What is this not a violation of international law, agreements between countries? Is this not a threat to us? Is this not a coup against good neighbourly relations? All of this is being ignored, and our Greek neighbors are selfishly talking about their rights. They have a tendency to give us no rights in any way. This isn’t possible. We repeatedly reveal our rights, our law and expect them to be respected,” he said.
‘”We were the first to say ‘yes’ when the Secretary General of NATO requested a meeting. We support these negotiations and meetings to the end. The fourth was made. In previous attempts of this kind, and now again, our Greek neighbors are reluctant and are slowing down these issues by setting a number of prerequisites. We fully support the realization of these meetings,” he said.
Minister Akar stated that Turkey has always talked about dialogue and good neighbourly relations and said:
“But if you violate our rights, we say, ‘we will not violate it, and we will not allow it to happen.’ This should not be perceived as a threat in any way. We are not in any way an imperialist dream, we are here protecting our right, our law. We are responsible for protecting the rights and laws of our 83 million people, 780 thousand square kilometers of the state of the Republic of Turkey. It needs to be seen, understood. Especially third parties, countries need to see this objectively, impartially. It’s really simple to understand what the problem is when viewed impartially. But the European Union and Macron, in particular, are very biased on these issues, they approach bias, taassupla. Therefore, they contribute not to the solution, but to the solution. We really want dialogue, diplomacy. We want to meet, discuss and solve our problems on our own without challenging anyone’s instigation. As two civilized neighbors, we try to solve our problems by talking, through dialogue, through diplomacy.”
Akar recalled that two of the meetings that discussed confidence-building measures between Turkey and Greece were held in Athens and one in Ankara, adding that they are waiting for the Greek delegation to Ankara for the fourth meeting.