Ankara, Turkey – “We stress that we will not allow such a provocation to achieve its goal just across our shores, ” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy said of Greece’s military shipment to the island of Meis, the phrase used. “Those who think they are drawing red lines against Turkey’s cause in the Eastern Mediterranean (France) will face the decisive stance of our country,” the Foreign Office said in a statement on Macron’s red line policy.
Spokesman Aksoy responded in writing to a question about media reports about Greece’s military shipment to the island of Meis.
Aksoy noted that news of Greece’s military buildup on the island of Meis was reported in the press, and reminded that the island of Meis was in disarmed status by the Paris Peace Agreement of 1947.
Aksoy stressed that if the media reports are correct, this is a new indication of Greece’s lack of law and its true intentions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Aksoy, who stressed that they reject illegitimate changes to the status of the island, noted:
“We emphasize that we will not allow such a provocation to achieve its goal just across our shores. Such provocative actions will not benefit Greece at all. If Greece continues to take steps to increase tensions in the region, it will be the loser. Turkey is committed to protecting its rights and interests arising from international law to the fullest.”
Clear message to France: Our country will face decisive stance
Turkey on August 30 slammed French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement on the lingering tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“Those who think they drew a red line in the Eastern Mediterranean are challenging our country’s resolute stance,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
On Friday, Macron said he had adopted a “red-line policy” in the region backing Greece against Turkey over the exploration of energy resources.
Greece has disputed Turkey’s current energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, trying to box in Turkish maritime territory based on small islands near the Turkish coast.
Turkey- the country with the longest coastline on the Mediterranean- maintains that both Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have rights in the region.
“If there is a red line in the region, it belongs to Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots based on international law,” the Foreign Ministry added.
“The period of determining their imperialist understanding by drawing lines on maps is over,” the statement added referring to France’s colonial past.
“Turkey is powerful enough to deter anyone who attempts to seize its rights and interests by deploying an ‘armada’,” the statement said.
The statement reiterated that conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean should be resolved on the basis of equity and not through provocations.
In response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement in the Eastern Mediterranean, foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said: “those who think that Turkey is drawing red lines against its rightful cause in the Eastern Mediterranean will only face the decisive stance of our country. If there is a red line in the region, it is only the rights of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots arising from international law,” he said.
Foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy responded in writing to Macron’s statements that they were implementing a red line policy in the Eastern Mediterranean. “Those who think that Turkey is drawing red lines against its rightful cause in the Eastern Mediterranean will only face the decisive position of our country,” Aksoy said, noting that the red line in the region is the rights of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots arising from international law.
‘Disputes will be resolved between riparian countries’
Aksoy, who invited France to face the facts, gave the following statements in the continuation of the statement:
“It is time for those who see themselves in their giant mirror to face the truth. The period of determining imperialist understandings by drawing lines on maps is behind us. Turkey is able to deter anyone who attempts to extort its legitimate rights and interests by sending an ‘armada’. On this occasion, we would like to remind you that conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean will be resolved on the basis of fairness, not at the instigation of non-regional actors, but through dialogue and cooperation between riparian countries.”