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ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan mentioned on Thursday (Aug 13) that any assault on a Turkish ship exploring for oil and fuel in disputed Mediterranean waters would incur a “excessive value” and steered Turkey had already acted on that warning.
Tensions within the jap Mediterranean have risen sharply this week after Turkey despatched a survey vessel to the area, escorted by warships, in a transfer Greece decried as unlawful.
“We mentioned that in the event you assault our Oruc Reis you’ll pay a excessive value, and so they obtained their first reply at this time,” Erdogan mentioned in a speech in Ankara with out giving particulars.
The Oruc Reis set out on Monday with its navy escort to survey waters between Crete and Cyprus.
In response, President Emmanuel Macron mentioned France would enhance its navy presence within the area and known as on Ankara to cease its exploration work. French and Greek forces held navy coaching workouts off Crete on Thursday.
European Union overseas ministers, who’ve already imposed sanctions on two Turkish vitality executives over Turkey’s operations within the jap Mediterranean, will focus on the scenario on Friday.
Greece’s overseas ministry mentioned Minister Nikos Dendias will temporary EU counterparts “about the true info of the latest days relating to operations within the area” on the emergency assembly.
Erdogan spoke by cellphone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Council President Charles Michel on Thursday. He “reiterated his dedication to defend Turkey’s rights towards makes an attempt to ignore them”, Erdogan’s workplace mentioned of the decision with Michel.
Each Turkey and Greece mentioned this week that they have been prepared to resolve the dispute over their overlapping maritime claims, however vowed to guard their pursuits and blamed the opposite aspect for the stand-off.
“If we act with widespread sense and cause, we will discover a win-win resolution that meets everybody’s pursuits,” Erdogan mentioned earlier on Thursday. “We’re not chasing any pointless adventures or searching for tensions.”
In obvious reference to France, Erdogan additionally mentioned Greece was being pushed into taking “mistaken steps” within the area by “a rustic that does not also have a coast within the jap Mediterranean”.