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Turkey sends letters to clarify position on solving problems with Athens in the Aegean Sea


Turkey sent letters to European States and international organizations, with a view to clarifying its position and perspective on solving problems with Greece in the Aegean Sea.

Turkey sent letters to European States and international organizations, with a view to clarifying its position and perspective on solving problems with Greece in the Aegean Sea.

  • To that end, I have sent letters to 25 States members of the European Union
  • his High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
  • Josep Borrell, the permanent members of the United Nations
  • its Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and the Secretary-General of NATO.

Turkish diplomatic sources revealed that the letters sent by Turkey early this September were signed by Foreign Minister Mevlut Chaouchoglu, highlighting Greece's "illegal practices and extremist demands."

According to the sources, the communications confirmed the existence of a series of closely related and interrelated problems in the Aegean Sea

  •  relating to the area of territorial waters and national airspace
  • the delimitation of the continental shelf and territorial waters
  • the violation of the non-military status of the Eastern Aegean Islands

the islands and rock blocks whose sovereignty had not been transferred to Greece under applicable international treaties, and ranges such as "SAR R AR", FIR R R.

It noted that 

"Greece claims that its airspace area is 10 nautical miles even though its territorial waters in Aegean are 6 miles"

 explaining that Greece is the only country in the world with territorial boundaries and an airspace that is not identical or recognized by other States.

Turkey believed that Aegean issues could be resolved within the framework of international law, with mutual recognition of both countries' fundamental rights and legitimate interests.

Greece: We have enough power to defend our homeland against Turkey's threats

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias declared that his country had sufficient force to defend its territorial integrity from Turkish threats.

Dendias responded during a joint statement with French Foreign Minister Catherine Colona to a question about statements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who threatened Athens, when he said Turkey could come at any moment without warning.

He had not seen President Erdogan's recent statements, but would study the entire text later.

  • According to him, it is clear that 
  • the Turkish side has made many disgraceful
  • and unacceptable statements in recent days".
  • The Foreign Minister stressed that 

"the very reference to the occupation of the Greek islands is indicative of the level of Turkish declarations".

He added:

  •  "I must say that Greece always advocates and acts on the basis of international law and international maritime law.
  • However, I would advise anyone who dreams of attacks and conquests to think three or four times. 
  • We have sufficient strength to defend our homeland, national independence
  • and territorial integrity and are fully convinced of our alliances and the positions of our partners. "

According to him, "the European Union has already demonstrated in the case of Ukraine that threats and invasions beyond international law create unprecedented unity".

Erdogan warns Greece: Suddenly.. We can come overnight.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that his country "remains sensitive to Greece's harassment of Turkish fighters," explaining that "Athens began to restrain itself after realizing this."

President Erdogan repeated his warning to Greece:

  •  "Suddenly.. We can come overnight ".
  • On Monday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan asserted that 
  • "Greece is neither a political nor an economic nor a military advocate
  • so it is not an interlocutor."