Ankara, Turkey – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was determined to defend its rights in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, adding that his country has an “economic sphere of interest” in the region.

“As Turkey grows, its sphere of interest also grows from the Balkans, to the Cacuasus, to Iraq, to Syria, and to Libya,” Erdogan said after a cabinet meeting.

“We will not allow our rights in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean to be violated,” he said.

“Turkey has an economic sphere of interest in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean,” he said.