The nationalist coalition partner of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Devlet Bahçeli, continues to issue threats against Greece, this time when speaking to his parliamentary group.
In particular, Bahçeli demanded Greece to stop "finger-wagging" and "challenging their patience", since, if Greece behaves in this way, there may be an interruption of energy supply through the TAP pipeline.
According to Bahçeli, "Turkey is the safest corridor to transport rich natural gas and oil resources from the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus to Europe. The line that transports energy to Greece is TANAP. It will be in favour of energy security for this country if it stops pointing fingers at Turkey and stops testing our patience."
"The line that transports energy to Greece is the TAP," he said, while speaking harshly against Greece and the other countries that reacted negatively to the signing of a new Turkish-Libyan agreement. "The hydrocarbon agreement that our country signed with Libya is also of a historical nature and has greatly disturbed Western countries."
Moreover, Erdoğan's nationalist partner argued that Europe will cool down this year in contrast to Turkey, which is not going to face such an energy problem.
"When we interpret the developments in terms of energy geopolitics, Turkey is the safest and most reliable terminal for transporting the rich natural gas and oil resources from the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus to Europe. European countries are thinking about how to keep warm and light this winter. Fortunately, Turkey never has such a problem, such a fear," he said.
At the same time, Numan Kurtulmuş, vice-president of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), called on Greece to "come to its senses" saying: "No power that was hit on the back and entered war, succeeded. Equipping the islands will increase tensions. We are in favour of peace, we want a solution."
Furthermore, Lieutenant General Naim Babüroğlu stressed: "The hottest Greek dangerous spots are Alexandroupoli, Mytilini and Samos. Their equipment can pose a threat to Turkey."
The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, for his part spoke very harshly about Greece, stating that "it is pathetic, it goes to others, cries and begs".