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Turkey Escalates Provocations In Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey’s Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, a former four-star general in the Turkish Armed Forces, said that ”Ankara will not accept any definite actions in the east Mediterranean and any Greek intervention in Turkey’s activities in the region”.
Akar further stated that ”it’s not possible for any action to take place without the involvement of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” referring to the occupied northern part of Cyprus. Akar warned that ”Turkey will take any necessary measure to confront any decision that opposes Turkey’s interests in the Aegean Sea and will not tolerate any disturbance in the activities of the Turkish vessels in the region of east Mediterranean.
The statements of Turkey’s defense minister come only a day after the country’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu summoned the Greek Ambassador to Ankara and stated on Turkish television that ”whenever Greece makes provocative statements, we give the appropriate answers and put them in their place.”

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