Spokesperson of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Tanju Bilgiç, described in frustration Turkey’s anger towards to the geopolitically changing Greek-French military alliance.
“Greece’s maximalist maritime jurisdiction and airspace claims are against international law,” he said, without referencing as per usual the specific law that Greece had violated.
“It is an empty dream to think that Greece can make us accept these claims, which are also questioned by the international community, by forming bilateral military alliances against Turkey, in a way that will harm the NATO Alliance,” he said.
It is recalled that Turkey are in the process of acquiring a second S-400 missile defence system from Russia, to the complaints of NATO and threats of further sanctions from the U.S.
“Futile efforts will further increase our determination to protect both our own rights and the rights of [occupied Northern Cyprus] in the Aegean and Mediterranean,” Bilgiç continued.
“Greece’s policy of armament instead of cooperation, isolating and alienating Turkey will essentially harm itself and the EU, of which it is a member,” he said, adding: “This is a problematic policy that threatens regional peace and stability.”
Earlier this week, Greece and France signed a defence agreement in Paris.
The agreement provides for France’s immediate military assistance to Greece and vice versa in the event of a third country attacking, even if that country is part of other alliances (such as Turkey, which is a member of NATO too).
At the same time, Greece will receive in record time, 3 + 1 Belhara frigates with full air defense equipment and anti-submarine warfare and capabilities to shoot down air targets at very long distances.