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Thursday, 23 March 2023 02:21 GMT

Türkiye draws line targeting any Greek increase of regional waters in Aegean

(MENAFN) Türkiye again drew a red line against any extension of Greek regional waters in the Aegean Sea.

"We will not allow the expansion of (Greek) territorial waters by even 1 mile in the Aegean, let alone 12," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an end-of-year press meeting in the capital Ankara, replying to reports that Athens seeks to extend local waters around the island of Crete to 12 nautical miles.

Quoting a Turkish parliamentary 1995 move on the subject, Cavusoglu announced: "We are warning Greece once more. Don’t get into sham heroism by trusting those who might have your back. Don't seek adventurism. It won't end well for you!"

The 1995 report cautions that if Greece expands its regional waters in the Aegean beyond 6 miles, parliament will hand "all powers,” including army powers, to the government to defend Türkiye's interests.

Cavusoglu added that statement "remains in force today."


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