Ankara, Turkey – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened Greece with “painful experiences” if the country doesn’t enter talks with Turkey over disputed territorial claims in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The two countries have been in a long-running dispute over oil and gas exploration rights in the area, with Turkey also butting up against Cyprus over the same issues. All sides have deployed naval and air forces to assert their claims in the region.
“They’re either going to understand the language of politics and diplomacy, or in the field with painful experiences,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.
“They are going to understand that Turkey has the political, economic and military power to tear up the immoral maps and documents imposed,” President Erdogan added, referring to areas marked by Greece and Cyprus as their economic maritime zones.
President Erdogan stressed that Turkey was “ready for every eventuality and result.”
The president’s comments come after NATO said military officers from Greece and Turkey had begun technical discussions to reduce the risk of armed conflict or accidents.
The two NATO allies have been locked for weeks in a tense standoff.
Turkey has been conducting exploration of the seabed for energy reserves in an area Greece claims as its own continental shelf. Last Saturday, August 28, tensions escalated further after Turkey launched new military drills in the area.
President Erdogan said Turkey had repeatedly expressed its willingness to come to a just agreement.
“Our word is sincere,” President Erdogan said. “The problem is those before us disregard our rights and try to situate themselves above us.”
The recent crisis is the most serious in Turkish-Greek relations in decades. The neighbours have come to the brink of war three times since the mid-1970s, including once over maritime resources in the Aegean.
Tension in the Eastern Mediterranean
The political and economic status quo that has long dominated the world is cracking in all aspects. One by one, we will tear up the scenarios of those who do not hesitate to express their animosity towards our country even in public. We will not allow Turkey, which has wasted its time and energy in the past due to political instability, social unrest, and many insidious attacks on the inside and outside, to fall into the same trap again. People see the truth very well. Behind the irrational alliances established against our country and the unacceptable behavior of rights, law and practice, there is the fuss and fear that this causes.
“Either with democracy or with the bitter experience they will experience on the field”
However, in every platform, in every message, We express that Turkey is ready for all kinds of sharing, provided that it is fair. We are sincere in this view. Problem? People are ignoring our rights. Trying to position themselves above us. But they will understand that this is not the case, that Turkey has political, economic and military power to tear up immoral maps and documents imposed on it. They will either understand it in the language of politics and democracy, or they will understand it in the bitter experience they will experience in the field.
“we are prepared for every eventuality and every outcome”
We hope that when they realize that there is no power to stand in the face of a nation that sees the struggle and the possible martyrdom at its end as the greatest honor, it will not be too late. When we say,” may Allah never again write the National Anthem to this nation, ” we also mean the destruction experienced by those who are against us, along with our own sacrifices. The Turkish nation is a nation that has been immune about all kinds of attacks and all kinds of costs. Let those who have lived in a false mansion of prosperity and democracy think that they may be at the end of the process we are going through. As Turkey and the Turkish nation, we are prepared for every eventuality and every outcome.