Türkiye won't allow Greece to expand territorial waters by even 1 mile, says Turkish FM
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Thursday said in his comments during an end-of-year press briefing that Türkiye will not allow Greece to expand territorial waters by even 1 mile in the Aegean Sea.
Türkiye on Thursday again drew a red line against any expansion of Greek territorial waters in the Aegean Sea.
"We will not allow the expansion of (Greek) territorial waters by even 1 mile in the Aegean, let alone 12," Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told an end-of-year press briefing in the capital Ankara, responding to reports that Athens plans to extend territorial waters around the island of Crete to 12 nautical miles.
Citing a Turkish parliamentary 1995 decision on the matter, Çavuşoğlu said: "We are warning Greece once more. Don't get into sham heroism by trusting those who might have your back. Don't seek adventurism. It won't end well for you!"
The 1995 declaration warns that if Greece increases its territorial waters in the Aegean beyond 6 miles, parliament will give "all powers," including military powers, to the government to defend Türkiye's interests.
Çavuşoğlu said that declaration "remains in force today."
Türkiye continues its dialogue with the UN, U.S., Russia, Iraq as well as Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime, he said, also commenting on a tripartite meeting of the Turkish, Russian, and Syrian defense ministers and intelligence officials in Moscow on Wednesday.
"I will also be meeting with (Russian Foreign Minister Sergey) Lavrov," he added.