Turkish military sources told Anadolu Agency that Greece “continued and practiced many activities to escalate tension in the Aegean Sea, ranging from maneuvers to submarine missions.”
Anadolu said, citing these sources, that “since January 25, Greece has conducted the Lightning-21 maneuvers, with the participation of 20 ships and a large number of air elements in an area that included international waters in the northwest of the island of Eskery.
According to Turkish sources, “Greece issued, between February 10-17, notifications about its submarine activities, which included the territorial waters of the islands that have a non-military status, which are Buzaba, Semaderek, Yemen, Tashuz, Medili, Saqez, Ibsara, Iheikriya and Sesam. .
The sources indicated to “Anatolia” that Greece used a similar method, by issuing a notification to submarines regarding the implementation of launch exercises between March 17 and April 27, 2021, in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, including the territorial waters of the islands that have a non-military status, namely Yemen, Buzababa, Medelli, and Mays. , Ibsara, Saqz, and Cimaderek, and this proves to everyone that Greece is the party that seeks to escalate tension. “
“In exchange for the ongoing provocative actions by Greece, even in light of the advisory talks, Turkey maintains its position based on patience, firmness and wisdom, to reach a fair, just, lasting and sustainable solution to the problems between the two countries,” Anadolu Agency revealed, citing military sources. The path of dialogue and negotiations that are based on good-neighborly relations, are based on a serious and honest approach.
The Turkish agency also quoted the sources as saying that “Ankara is waiting, in return for its constructive position that has continued from the beginning, for Greece to give up its unacceptable stance, actions and speeches that would escalate tension, and make efforts to solve problems through dialogue and negotiations according to an honest approach.”
While these sources pointed out that these activities began since the start of the “advisory talks” with Turkey on January 25, and the Turkish agency pointed out that this “came after Greek statements about the recent start of the Turkish research vessel TCG Çeşme, with its scientific and technical studies in the hydrographic field, Within the international waters in the northern Aegean Sea, where Greece claimed that the studies carried out by the ship were considered an act that did not facilitate the improvement of relations between the two countries.