Erdogan steps up threat of Greek invasion as Turkey ready to strike ‘in the middle of the night’ | World | New

Turkey and Greece have been at odds for decades over who has overall control of the Aegean islands, with a recent oil deal between Ankara and Libya stoking further discontent. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a meeting in Prague this week that he was ready to take up arms against Athens and anyone who “disturbs” Turkey. Asked if he was serious with his threat, Erdogan told the press: “It does not only apply to Greece but a whiter country bothers us, attacks us, our answer will always be to say that we could suddenly arrive in the middle of the night.

“Their whole policy is based on lies, they are not honest. We have nothing to discuss with Greece.”

Ankara announced earlier this week that it had reached an agreement with Tripoli to carry out joint exploration of hydrocarbon reserves on Libyan national territory.

Greece, however, hit back at the memorandum claiming it would breach Greek waters.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu hit back at the claims and warned that Athens’ NATO partners should ‘not expect friendship’ if they support alleged control of the EU. Greece on the region.

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“Their whole policy is based on lies, they are not honest. We have nothing to discuss with Greece.”

Ankara announced earlier this week that it had reached an agreement with Tripoli to carry out joint exploration of hydrocarbon reserves on Libyan national territory.

Greece, however, hit back at the memorandum claiming it would breach Greek waters.

Cyprus has been divided between a Turkish administration and a Greek administration since 1974, but the Greek section is the only internationally recognized one.

In a recent briefing, State Department spokesman Ned Price appeared to offer support to Athens in ongoing tensions with Turkey over overall control of the Aegean Sea.

Mr Price said: “Greece’s sovereignty over these islands is not in question.

“But we call on countries, including our allies, to respect territorial integrity and sovereignty and to avoid actions that inflame tensions.”

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