Turkish official: US presence in Crete is destabilizing the East Mediterranean

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“The increased US presence in Souda is destabilizing the Eastern Mediterranean, but it does not pose a threat to Turkey,” said Turkish National Assembly Speaker Mustafa Şentop.

Speaking to Russian news agency Sputnik, Şentop expressed concern about US policy in the region, saying Washington supported Cyprus.

“US involvement in the Eastern Mediterranean does not serve the cause of peace and stability in the region,” he said. “These US actions do not serve peace and stability in the region, nor do they serve US strategic interests.”

“Nevertheless, I do not consider the US presence in the Eastern Mediterranean a threat to Turkey’s security, given that there has been a strong alliance between Turkey and the US for almost 70 years,” he said.

The Turkish politician also commented that Washington’s activity in the region is ambiguous, with the US first calling for dialogue and then choosing to support Cyprus.

Şentop did not fail to attack French President Emmanuel Macron over highlighting that Turkey has been sending Syrian terrorists to Azerbaijan, specifically to Baku via the Turkish city of Gaziantep, to fight against Armenian forces in Artsakh.

The speaker of the Turkish National Assembly said that “there is a great distance and contradiction between what Mr. Macron wants and what he can hope to achieve in international politics. He often tries to bridge this gap with unsubstantiated allegations and self-defeating excuses. And when he fails to do that, he usually puts up with others.”

He even went so far as to accuse Paris of being involved in the transfer of Kurdistan Worker Party (PKK) “terrorists” for training Armenian soldiers.

Despite many photographs, videos and testimonies of Syrian terrorists in Azerbaijan, both Baku and Ankara continue to deny this. It was not only highlighted by Macron that Turkey is transferring Syrian terrorists to Azerbaijan, but also by Russia.