A FIREBRAND Turkish politician and ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned struggle with Greece is now “only a matter of time.”
Nationalist Motion Social gathering chief Devlet Bahceli mentioned Greece’s plans to increase its territorial waters by 12 miles will spark a bloody battle.
Nationalist Motion Social gathering chief Devlet Bahceli warned struggle with Greece is now only a matter of time[/caption]
Greek, Italian and French warships participate in navy drills south of Turkey[/caption]
Fears are rising of a full-scale conflict between the pair after rival navies made a present of power within the contested waters between Cyprus and Crete.
And Bahceli has now declared he believes Greece’s “invasion” plans will “have a really dangerous ending.”
He mentioned: “It’s inconceivable to show our backs on our historic pursuits within the Mediterranean and the Aegean.
“Plainly Greece’s urge for food and need to be thrown into the ocean has swelled once more.”
And the politician pressured a battle within the Mediterranean and the Aegean is now a matter of time.
Turkey’s Oruc Reis seismic vessel, escorted by Turkish navy, is seen offshores of Jap Mediterranean on August 20[/caption]
A joint Greek-US aeronautical train is held within the sea space south of Crete Island as tensions simmer[/caption]
“Greece’s purpose is to return once more and occupy our lands from the place we threw them out 98 years in the past,” he mentioned.
“We face a brand new invasion plan”.
“Any more, the angle and behavior of Greece might be what is going to decide whether or not the growing tensions will trigger bleeding or an abominable confrontation”, he added.
Final week we reported how President Erdogan warned Greece in opposition to taking a ‘path to break’ as tensions simmer within the Jap Med.
He spoke amidst an prolonged diplomatic row after Turkey despatched their Oruc Reis analysis vessel into disputed waters to survey the seabed for gasoline and oil on August 10, accompanied by Turkish warships.
Each navies have been holding drills within the disputed waters
President Erdogan has mentioned he’ll provide “no concessions” to Greece[/caption]
Turkey has accused its neighbour of ‘piracy’[/caption]
The transfer sparked the ire of Athens, who responded by dispatching navy ships and asserting navy workouts south of Turkey and on the Greek island of Kastellerizo – only one mile south of the Turkish coast.
Athens claims that the ship is working over Greece’s continental shelf in an space the place it has unique rights on potential undersea gasoline and oil deposits – prompting the nation to ship warships to trace the Turkish flotilla.
Tensions have been ratcheted up additional when Turkey confirmed its navy warships have been conducing “maritime trainings” with a US ship within the Jap Med.
In response to the rising disaster, Greece additionally introduced it will prolong its territorial waters alongside its western shoreline from six nautical miles to 12 nautical miles.
Vessels and helicopters participate in a Greek-US navy train within the japanese Mediterranean sea south of Crete[/caption]
The Greek navy workouts have been spurred by an ongoing diplomatic dispute over oil and gasoline assets[/caption]
The deliberate extension wouldn’t have an effect on the territory on the heart of the Greek-Turkish dispute.
Nevertheless, Turkey has beforehand warned that any extension of Greek waters within the Aegean Sea can be perceived as a trigger for struggle.
Erdogan has insisted that Ankara wouldn’t settle for any concessions earlier than resuming dialogue with Greece, equivalent to suspending its gasoline exploration programme.
He mentioned: “Turkey will take what’s its proper within the Mediterranean, within the Aegean and within the Black Sea.
“Simply as now we have no eyes (on) anybody’s territory, sovereignty and pursuits, we are going to by no means compromise on what belongs to us. We’re decided to do no matter is important in political, financial and navy phrases”.
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He sniped at Greece: “We invite our interlocutors to get their act collectively and to keep away from errors that may result in their break”.
His phrases got here as Turkey mentioned that may maintain firing workouts within the japanese Mediterranean off the coast of Iskenderun, northeast of Cyprus.
Additional NATO allies have additionally been dragged into the dispute, with France asserting it was becoming a member of Greece, Italy and Cyprus for joint naval workouts within the area.