Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, vowed on Monday to defend his country’s ‘rights’ in the Mediterranean and Aegean, Ekathimerini reported.
Speaking at the conclusion of a cabinet meeting in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey “will take all necessary steps to protect our rights in the Mediterranean and Aegean.”
“With our four drilling rigs and our two seismic vessels, we are determined to continue our activities in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, without any interruption,” the Turkish President added.
These comments come one day before a NATO summit in Madrid, where Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is expected to respond decisively if Erdogan raises issues with Greece.
Tensions have been at an all-time high between the NATO allies in recent months.
Just last month, Erdogan said he would stop talking to Mitsotakis, voicing displeasure at comments the Greek leader made during a recent US trip where he implored Congress to block Turkey’s acquisition of F-16 fighter jets.