Turkey and its weapons have recently established a record in Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia, Ethiopia and Ukraine that Athens would be wise to heed is the message from Greece’s NATO ally and neighbor.

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Hurriyet News Agency
April 22, 2022

Defense minister urges Greece to respond to Turkey’s call for ‘friendship’

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on April 21 called on Greece for better relations but said Athens is acting slowly to respond to “the hand Turkey extended for friendship.”

“We tell our neighbor Greece: ‘Hold this hand of friendship that we sincerely extend.’ Our neighbor takes a little slow step in the dialogue. We expect them to be a little more active,” Akar said, addressing the Distinguished Observer Day activities of the Blue Homeland Exercise via video conference.

Turkey wants to share all the riches of the Aegean Sea….But “the provocative actions and discourses of some Greek administrators continue,” despite Turkey’s calls for better ties.

“These negatively affect our relationship. On the one hand, it is said that we are allies and neighbors within NATO, and on the other hand, a hostile attitude towards Turkey is displayed,” he said.

Some statements that “accuse and defame” Turkey do not benefit anyone, Akar said, noting that pursuing acts such as armament is also against the interests and welfare of the Greek people.

“Greece has armed 16 of the 23 islands in violation of international agreements. This is a flagrant violation, a fundamental violation of the law,” he noted.

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Tensions between Turkey and its historic regional rival, Greece, have increased in recent years over gas exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean, while the two countries have been on loggerheads for many years over the territorial claims in the Aegean Sea.