Ankara, Turkey – National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar’dan Navtex decision came at the last minute statement. Minister Akar said: ‘We have jurisdictions in the Aegean and Mediterranean by the UN. It’s not a threat to anyone. They are doing everything to raise the tension,’ he said.

National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, ” they are attacking these scientific, technical studies that we are doing. They’re making every attempt to raise the tension. They’re engaging in some kind of provocative act. We wish our neighbors to stay away from them. As a Navy, we will provide the necessary escort and protection to our ships in question within the framework of the need,” he said.

Minister of National Defense Akar attended the Opening Ceremony of the National Defense University Land Warfare School 2020-2021 academic year. Minister Akar answered questions from members of the press after his speech at the ceremony. Asked about Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Ankara, Khazar Ibrahim, giving the first lesson at the ceremony, Minister Akar said: “We are following the developments in Azerbaijan together. Azerbaijan is our brother. Therefore, as we have always said, two states always fulfill the need to be one nation. At the opening ceremony of the academic year of the Black Military School, whose history is full of glory and honor, we also assessed that it would be appropriate for the first lesson to be given by the Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Khazar Ibrahim, on this important day. They did not break our invitation, they came, and the first lesson was beautifully expressed by our ambassador about the historical and present events in Azerbaijan. I also evaluate that this is very important and useful for our students,” he said.

Reacting to Armenia’s violation of the ceasefire and attacks on Ganja, Minister Akar said: “this is nothing new. Armenia is always extremely aggressive. He’s committing crimes against humanity, he’s committing war crimes, and he’s made a habit of it. The Armenian leadership is being extremely reckless in this regard. The support provided to them has spoiled them. They have no respect for international law or human values. Unfortunately, they have mercilessly attacked ganja and other settlements, continuing their attacks. These are violations of the ceasefire. They continue these activities without success. They will account for them both before history and before international law,” he said.

Minister Akar said: “a new Navtexhas been announced for Oruç Reis. Will the TAF carry out a protection activity for Oruç Reis?”on the question, he made the following statements:

“Our maritime rights, interests and interests are at stake. In the Aegean, in the Mediterranean, we have maritime jurisdictions. We have a maritime jurisdiction registered by the UN. In these areas, we conduct purely scientific and technical studies. It’s not a threat to anyone here. They’re attacking these scientific, technical studies that we do. They’re making every attempt to raise the tension. They’re engaging in some kind of provocative act. We wish our neighbors to stay away from them. Of course, we have to protect and accompany these works as Turkish Armed Forces and Naval Forces. Oruç Reis also continues its planned and programmed activities as part of its activities to date. Our work here will continue within this plan. As a Navy, we will provide the necessary escort and protection to our ships in question within the framework of the need.”