France, intervening in the conflict between Turkey and Greece, shows imperialism that does not correspond to the current international situation. A statement by Turkish foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy after French President Emmanuel macron spoke out about what was happening was published by TASS.
The diplomat addressed the Europeans, who, in his opinion, do not see the true state of Affairs: he stressed that conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean should be resolved by the efforts of coastal countries alone.
“The era of defining their imperialist way of thinking by drawing lines on maps is over. Turkey is able to restrain all those who try to usurp its legitimate rights and interests by sending an Armada, ” the Agency quotes him as saying.
This remark was a response to macron’s statement: on August 28, He spoke about the” policy of red lines ” that Paris adheres to, participating in the Greek-Turkish conflict.
On August 15, it became known that a Turkish submarine was found in the territorial waters of Greece. Two days earlier, France had moved military equipment to the Mediterranean to support the Greek side.
At the beginning of the month, it was reported that relations between Greece and Turkey had again deteriorated. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Athens does not respect the agreement with Ankara and has not stopped operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. According to him, Greece resumed drilling operations contrary to the agreements.
Controversy over the coast in the Eastern Mediterranean arose in 1974 — when a coup took place in Cyprus, associated with the annexation of the island by Greece. Turkey sent troops to Northern Cyprus and declared A Turkish Cypriot Federal state there, later renamed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The rest of the island is now under the control of the government of the Republic of Cyprus. Turkey has repeatedly called for joint development of fields by Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, allowing cooperation with Russia.