Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated his country's firm position on following its revisionist agenda
"With this mentality, we have succeeded in Karabakh, Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean," Erdoğan said provocatively when responding to criticism for his policies.
"Attempts that are not in line with our ethics, law, justice, goodwill and conscience, by those who do not respect Turkey 's sovereign rights, has and will have no value in our eyes," he said.
The Turkish President added: "From Syria to Libya, from Karabakh to Cyprus, and from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Aegean, in every place with this mentality we have reached the success of our struggles."
In essence, Erdoğan responded to recent criticism about the human rights situation in Turkey and their growing provocations in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.
He even called his critics " hypocrites ".
The Turkish president specifically stated:
"The purpose of imposing criteria on us, which they never apply themselves, is not to direct our country in a more modern and successful way.
"We know full well that the goal is to cause a waste of time and energy.
"From the defense industry to the energy sector, from the environment to human rights, and from politics to civil liberties, to countless other examples we have experienced, we have not thanked and will not thank these hypocrites."
The new provocative statements of the Turkish president took place during his announcement on new COVID-19 measures in the country.