Greece responds to Turkey, pledges to defend its rights should the need arise
Greece said it will defend its legitimate interests and rights against Turkey, should the need arise.
“Turkey has every right to defend its interests by any legal means. However, it has no right to flagrantly violate international law and threaten Greece with war,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in response to
Turkish National Security Council’s (MGK) latest accusations against Greece.
MGK on Wednesday blamed Athens for not giving up “illegal practices” and increasing “provocative actions” against Ankara.
“We will not refrain from using all kinds of legitimate methods and means within the framework of international law in order to protect the rights and interests of our nation against these futile efforts,” the council said, following a meeting led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Greek Foreign Ministry added that Greece is in favor of dialogue on the basis of international law and makes no claim against Turkey, the Kathimerini newspaper reported.
The tensions between Turkey and Greece have build up lately over territorial claims and the status of the Aegean islands. Turkey blames Greece for militarising its eastern Aegean islands in violation of international treaties.