Ankara, Turkey -“Greece can solve its bilateral issues with Turkey not by hoping for help from others, but by sitting at the table with Turkey, cooperation and dialogue.” the phrase was used.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy, “Greece and Turkey, hoping not to seek help from others with bilateral issues, but sitting at the table with Turkey can be solved by cooperation and dialogue.” used the expression.

Aksoy answered the question about reports in the Greek press that Turkey is increasing its military activities in the Aegean and Mediterranean ahead of the EU summit.

Stating that the news on this subject are unrealistic, Aksoy said:

“On the contrary, Greece continues its provocative and tension-raising military activities in the region by announcing that it will conduct 24 military activities in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean with the ’11 NAVTEX’ and ’12 NOTAM’ published as of October 20. Greece also keeps the channels of dialogue closed on military issues, preventing the progress of the NATO Secretary-General’s separation initiative.”

As a matter of fact, Aksoy noted that Greece has not participated in the meetings scheduled to be organized by NATO military authorities since October 9, 2020. “Greece and Turkey not hoping to seek help from the bilateral issues of others, but sitting at the table with Turkey can be solved by cooperation and dialogue.” said.

‘Greece shouldn’t rely on others over issues with Turkey’

Turkish Foreign Ministry reiterates call on Greece to engage in dialogue with Turkey to resolve bilateral problems.

Greece can resolve issues with Turkey only by engaging in dialogue and not by relying on others, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

“Greece can only resolve its bilateral issues with Turkey by sitting at the table, cooperation, and dialogue, not by relying on others,” Hami Aksoy, the ministry spokesman, said in a statement.

Aksoy’s remarks came after Greek media reports claimed that Turkey has increased military activities in the Aegean and the Mediterranean ahead of the upcoming EU leaders summit.

“News on this matter is unrealistic. On the contrary, Greece continues its provocative and tension-escalating military activities in the region by announcing that it will perform 24 military activities in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean with the “11 NAVTEX” and “12 NOTAM” issued since Oct. 20, 2020,” Aksoy said, referring to maritime and aviation notices.

Noting that Greece keeps the channels of dialogue closed on military issues, he said it also prevents the NATO secretary general’s de-confliction initiative from moving further.

Aksoy said that Greece has not been attending meetings planned to be held by NATO military authorities since October 9, 2020.

Amid recent tensions in the region, Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration have increased their pressure on other EU members to impose sanctions on Turkey during the EU leaders’ summit on December 10-11, 2020.

Turkey, which has the longest continental coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean, has rejected maritime boundary claims of Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, and stressed that these excessive claims violate the sovereign rights of both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.

Turkey has sent several drill ships in the past weeks to explore for energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting its own rights in the region, as well as those of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Turkey has repeatedly stressed that Turkey is in favor of resolving all outstanding problems in the region through international law, good neighborly relations, dialogue, and negotiation.