Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory day speech makes it clear that Turkey will not be under any threat in the Mediterranean Sea. According to the Anadolu Agency, the comment was made in the context of Greece.
Greece is at loggerheads with Turkey for oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean Sea. Meanwhile, Greece has announced increasing the territorial waters in the Ionian Sea from 6 nautical miles to 12 nautical miles. And this has angered the Turkish President.
On Sunday, Erdogan and other high-ranking government officials garlanded the tomb of Kamal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey, on Victory Day.
Erdogan said in a statement, “Turkey will not be under any threat, especially in the Mediterranean Sea. Instead, they will protect their rights in the light of international law and bilateral agreements. “
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Kryakos Mitsotakis said the government plans to submit a bill to double Greece’s territorial waters in the Ionian Sea of Italy. Greece will expand its territorial waters to other maritime regions in the future.
Egypt and Cyprus have recently discovered large fuel mines in the eastern Mediterranean. Since then, Turkey has become increasingly active in exploring the region’s natural resources. And the Turkish government has issued a strict warning.