Ankara, Turkey – ‘I condemn this in the most severe way, I condemn it, I condemn it, I curse it, ‘ Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a statement about the insulting Greek newspaper headline. Because this discarded title has nothing to do with freedom of the press and freedom of expression. This is a provocation,’ he said. On the other hand, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement about the low headline: ‘this disgrace will remain a black mark in the history of the Greek press. We expect that the necessary administrative and judicial proceedings will be carried out immediately by the Greek authorities on these immoral persons, who are already convicted in the public conscience, aimed at sabotaging relations between the two countries,’ he said.
September 24 – 25 European Union (EU) leaders summit on the threat of sanctions against Turkey regarding the threat of, “sanctions against Turkey, blackmail, threat language can never get results. European politicians need to see that now. Those who think that they will scare Turkey with a number of threats or sanctions, discourage its determination, are in a futile effort,” he said. “In my opinion, Mr. Macron is not reading world politics correctly,” he said of French President Emmanuel Macron. European centrist politics is now behind us, ” he said.
Presidential spokesman Kalin made special statements to the Demirören News agency (DHA) at the presidential Dolmabahçe Labour Office. Turkish Turkish President Macron’s Twitter account to share a dialogue message evaluating Kalin, ” Mr. Macron’s posting a message in Turkish is a nice, sympathetic step, but the word is very important. It is also necessary to look at what is meant and what political strategic framework it sits in. In my opinion, Mr. Macron is not reading world politics correctly. European centrist politics is now behind us. In particular, it is no longer possible to manage and carry out Francophone world politics based in France. He needs to read the new dynamics of world politics, all its actors correctly. Now everyone needs to see that we no longer live in a unipolar world, that the politics of a multicenter multipolar world are taking shape. And the basic element here is to treat all parties as equal actors,” he said.
“If you ask me, the issue is not only the issue of the Eastern Mediterranean or Turkey’s relations with Greece, but the main mistake in France’s strategic reading is the discomfort of Turkey’s steps in Syria and Libya. For us, both in Syria and Libya, France stands on the wrong side of history,” he said.
“When you look at who Hafter is in and what kind of relations with, including Wagner and Russia, it is not difficult to see what kind of risky picture we are facing, especially in terms of the security of NATO’s southern wing and the security of North Africa and the Mediterranean,” Kalin said. It is amazing for us that NATO and an EU member state have taken steps that would risk both NATO’s southern security and the confidence and stability of North Africa and the Mediterranean in this way. In the new dynamics of this world politics, the Republic of Turkey is an extremely powerful actor. As a country with a coast to the Mediterranean and Black Sea, Aegean Sea, extending to the Caucasus and Asia, on the one hand, Europe on the one hand, the Middle East on the other hand, Turkey as a NATO member country, as it was thought in ancient times, is not a passive actor as telakki, now everyone should see clearly and clearly. If Mr. Macron wants to give France a place in European and world politics, he can easily do so by establishing the right relations with Turkey, establishing relations on the right ground on the right values,” he said.
Ahead of the EU leaders ‘ summit on September 24-25, President Erdogan conducted a very intense diplomatic traffic, Kalin said: “he had meetings with the Prime Ministers of Italy and Spain, the German Chancellor several times, and with EU President Michel 2 times. Apart from that, he had many other contacts. As you know, there is a traffic of Diplomacy at our level. This will be both the start of exploratory talks and the shaping of the agenda of the EU summit on September 24-25, and there will be other talks of our president in the coming days. He will also have contacts with the chancellor and with Mr. Michel, through some phone calls, video conferences, with EU officials and presidents. Now the goal of all this is to reduce tension in the region once. That’s what we’ve always said here. We have made it clear and clear that we are ready to discuss all issues with Greece without preconditions,” he said.
In addition to actors such as France, who are trying to breathe in their local politics through an anti-Turkey wave in Europe, there are other actors such as Italy, Spain, Malta, Romania, Poland, Hungary who insist that Turkey is a political interlocutor that must be considered.
Emphasizing that the failure of Turkey’s EU membership process is a great loss for Europe, Kalin gave the following important messages about the EU summit:
“Because a Europe that, like Turkey, excludes NATO’s second largest country and a country of strategic importance as a region, cannot be an active actor in world politics in a kamil sense. Currently, we have 3-4 main titles that we conduct with the EU, I say this separately from the chapters. The first is updating the customs union. As you know, there is a customs union agreement made in 96 years, but it needs to be updated. In this direction, there is a serious effort by the German presidency and the Chancellor. This could be an important step. The second is the Turkey-EU refugee agreement signed in 2015. 5 years have passed, the refugee issue has evolved into many other areas, it has grown and deepened. An update must be made about this. Third, visa liberalisation. In other words, the entry of citizens of the Republic of Turkey into the Schengen visa system is a matter of visa-free travel to Europe. And here we have taken very important steps. 66 of the 72 criteria predicted by Turkey met one-on-one. The remaining 6 criteria we completed according to us, very small technical details were stuck in this topic. And unfortunately, about 3 years ago, this issue was politicized by some European politicians, it became part of another debate in front of the public, and we stayed there. Now, if steps are taken on these 3 issues and high-level political consultations are resumed, a positive mood will be formed again in Turkey’s EU relations. We anticipate that these issues will be addressed at this summit. We are told that these issues will be raised. As for all these issues, the German presidency may be a good chance. The chancellor is keen on this.”
Ibrahim Kalin, who also spoke about the threats of sanctions from the European Parliament and the EU before the summit, noted:
“The language of sanctions, blackmail and threats against Turkey can never get results. European politicians need to see that now. Those who think they will scare Turkey with a number of threats or sanctions, those who think they will discourage its determination, are in a futile effort. They must have seen it by now. Such implicit or explicit language of threat only harms those who express it. Turkey is not without alternatives. Turkey is a country that wants to develop good relations with both Europe, the EU, the Middle East, Africa, and other countries and regions of the world. But it should not lead us to political naivety. According to our president, we do not have eyes on anyone’s law, we do not have eyes on anyone’s land, but we do not make anyone eat our right to our law. Whether it’s in the Eastern Mediterranean, whether it’s in Syria or elsewhere.”
“A political perspective that misses this great change in the world would only fool itself to think that it would distance itself from Turkey by making threats and achieve a result,” he said.
Kalin pointed out that there are a number of narrow, populist, exclusionary or even extreme radical voices in the EP who think that the world revolves only around Europe, ” A political perspective that misses this great change in the world would only fool itself to think that it would distance itself by making threats to Turkey and achieve a result, ” he said.
Referring to the CHP administration’s withdrawal of the Oruç Reis ship to Antalya for maintenance work as a ‘compromise’, Kalin said: “First of all, this is a chance given to diplomacy. Oruç Reis will continue his activities in that region, in the south and east of that region, after that, but what we have always said is that we will continue to be strong both at the table and on the field. This is the criterion set by our president in foreign policy, but this does not necessarily mean that we will fight with everyone on every issue. Or sometimes you do something in opposition. Here you are fighting with everyone, he says, you are alone, when diplomacy is given the opportunity, when diplomatic work is intensified, you have made concessions this time. In the same position, they immediately move to the opposite side. In other words, an opposition that says that whatever the government does, let us oppose it, will not be a correct, rational opposition. Our president, our Secretary of state, our other ministers have always been open to constructive advice on these issues. But it is not right to make the main national issues of the country domestic political material in this way when they are expressed only for political opposition. Now we have a good diplomatic opportunity here. In order to evaluate this, we made the necessary calls to the Greek side and to the EU countries. Don’t waste this opportunity. Because, unfortunately, the agreement that Greece signed with Egypt earlier was the main reason that followed the first attempt. In order not to face a similar situation, the Greek side and the EU members must act rationally, constructively. When a step is taken in this direction, Turkey will not leave them unanswered,” he said.
“For the start of the 61st round, our president always said, ‘We will always be one step ahead, we are ready to discuss these issues without preconditions,’ he said. At the moment when we have arrived, the climate has become much more conducive to the start of these negotiations. In the near term, our negotiations on this are continuing, and the exploratory negotiations can begin again. Of course, this will necessarily have positive repercussions for the EU summit,” he shared.
“At the same time, while these negotiations are ongoing, energy work can continue,” Kalin said, noting that the determination of maritime jurisdictions is a very technical process, and similar negotiations in the world have taken many years. If these are done in a transparent manner, based on mutual trust, everyone can benefit from it. Because it doesn’t make sense, then let’s meet for years, because these negotiations can take years, and during these negotiations, none of us will conduct search and search work anywhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. That doesn’t make sense either. In other words, as I said, these studies can be done transparently on the basis of mutual trust. The same goes for Cyprus,” he said.
In Cyprus, the Turkish side and the Greek part can also discuss between themselves about the places described as the disputed region, if an energy source is found in the disputed region, a model can be developed for sharing it, Kalin said:
“In other words, when we find something in our own region, it can be easily shared with the opposite side, when the Greek side finds energy in its own region, it can be easily shared with the Turkish side. This is not an impossible thing. In this way, we can turn Cyprus and the entire eastern Mediterranean into a sea of peace. But unfortunately, in this process, the Greek side has always been the one that has escaped from this negotiation, and Europe must now see it. The Greek Cypriot side refuses to negotiate with the Turkish side, saying ‘We do not know them’. Joint search does not offer a constructive alternative to screening or similar activities. In his own way, he is trying to put pressure on Turkey by taking other countries within the EU behind him. These are very childish attitudes, these are futile efforts. They can neither intimidate Turkey, nor discourage it from its determination, nor diminish Turkey’s determination to protect the interests, rights and law of the Turkish Cypriot people.”
Presidential spokesman Kalin also said about the headline of a Greek newspaper that insulted President Erdogan::
“As soon as I condemn this in the most severe way, I wire it, I curse it, it is known to everyone how humiliated those who throw this title are, how immoral they have a perspective. Of course, when we saw this yesterday, I immediately met with my Greek interlocutor, and they issued a condemnation through the Greek Foreign Ministry. I hope he doesn’t stay here, and they start the necessary criminal proceedings against those responsible. Because this discarded title has nothing to do with freedom of the press, freedom of expression. This is a provocation. At a time when we are trying to put Turkish-Greek relations in the right frame, this is a step taken by a group aimed at poisoning this process, albeit marginally. Such attacks don’t even reach our President. As of its location, praise be to our president is above all this, it is fantastic. But those who carried out this outrageous attack must necessarily be drawn into sigaya, questioned by the Greek authorities, because such immoral attacks make it difficult for them rather than us.”
National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar also said in his statement about the low headline:
In a Greek newspaper that has nothing to do with journalism, we strongly condemn the extremely low-level statement aimed at our president and which no one of common sense, including the sane Greek people, has ever accepted.
This disgrace will remain a black mark in the history of the Greek press. We expect that the necessary administrative and judicial proceedings will be carried out immediately by the Greek authorities on these immoral persons, who are already convicted in the public conscience, aimed at sabotaging relations between the two countries.