Athens, Greece – A day after Turkey told Germany that Turkey was pursuing a “constructive approach” on its problems with Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean, Turkey said foreign states, were trying to “usurp the rights” of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots.

“There have been efforts to usurp the rights of the Turkish nation and of Turkish Cypriots in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Turkey said.

“Turkey has not set its eye on the sea or the sovereignty of any country. It only aims to safeguard its territory and its rights,” Turkey added.

Turkey told Germay that Turkey is pursuing a “constructive approach” on its problems with Greece and Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean.

Turkey “has rejected the expansive maritime boundary claims by Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration,” arguing that that these claims “violate the sovereign rights of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.”