Turkey test fires missile as Defence Minister calls for talks with Greece

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Hours after Turkey test-fired a short-range ballistic missile, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said that differences with regional rival Greece can be solved through dialogue and negotiations.

In remarks to Turkish journalists, Akar said Turkey “persists” in its approach to resolve problems with Greece through “mutual negotiations,” but insisted that the country “will not allow a fait accompli or a undesirable situation in any way.”

The Defence Minister added that Turkey always follows a “responsible, prudent, and patient” policy to ensure peace and stability.

These comments by Akar came as Turkey test-fired a short-range ballistic missile over the Black Sea on Tuesday.

Turkey test-fired a short-range ballistic missile over the Black Sea on Tuesday. Photo: DHA Photo.

The missile, dubbed Tayfun, was fired from a mobile platform near the port city of Rize, according to Turkish media outlets CNN Turk and A Haber. 

The Turkish Defense Industry, which oversees these weapon systems, did not make any announcement about the launch, but Turkish news agencies published images. 

Similarly, when Turkey received the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system in 2019 and performed a test firing on the Black Sea coast a few months later, no official announcement was made, save Turkish media which carried the news and relevant images.

READ MORE: ‘Greece will pay a heavy price’: Turkey’s President Erdogan hints at military action.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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