Turkey information protest with Greece, US in islands row


Ankara on Monday summoned the Greek ambassador and protested to Washington after accusing Greece of deploying US armoured autos on two Aegean islands near the Turkish coast.

Greece branded the move as “completely unfounded and incompatible with international law”, and accused Ankara of aggressive behaviour.

Greece and Turkey, that are each a part of the US-led NATO defence alliance, have feuded for years over maritime borders and vitality exploration rights within the Aegean and east Mediterranean seas.

The newest escalation began when Turkish safety sources shared aerial pictures over the weekend purportedly displaying ships loaded with US armoured autos docking at two Greek islands, Lesbos and Samos.

The Turkish international ministry advised the Greek envoy that Athens ought to “stop violations” and respect the non-military standing the islands had been assigned by worldwide legislation, the Anadolu state information company reported.

In a observe to the US embassy in Ankara, Turkey advised Washington that its “weapons should not be used in breach” of the islands’ agreed standing, Anadolu stated.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan individually accused Greece of staging “provocations” and enjoying “perilous games”.

A Greek diplomatic supply stated Athens rejected Ankara’s objections as “completely unfounded and incompatible with international law”.

The supply added that the Greek ambassador had written two letters to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to set out his nation’s stance intimately.

Erdogan has repeatedly accused Greece of “occupying” the Aegean islands, whose standing was settled in treaties adopted after World War I.

In response, Athens accuses Turkey of conducting lots of of unlawful navy sorties over the islands.

The Greek diplomatic supply stated Turkey had threatened its neighbour with struggle, accusing it of assembling an enormous naval presence and violating Greece’s sovereignty and airspace.

Greece filed a proper grievance with the European Union, NATO and the United Nations after Erdogan hinted at a potential navy operation within the Aegean earlier this month.

Erdogan continued his confrontation on Monday, saying Greece was not Turkey’s equal and rejecting diplomatic talks.

He additionally vowed to defend Turkey’s pursuits with “any means at its disposal” within the islands row.