Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Monday accused Greece of playing the casualty card on the international stage and of deliberately worsening bilateral relations with Turkey
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – November 22, 2021) Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Monday accused Greece of playing the casualty card on the international scene and of deliberately worsening bilateral relations with Turkey.
“They (Greece) are trying to present themselves as the victim and Turkey as the aggressor. However, history and current developments clearly show that it is they who are adopting an expansionist and aggressive policy,” Akar said, quoted by the Kathimerini newspaper.
The minister also claimed that Greece has repeatedly made provocative and aggressive gestures towards Turkey “in order to draw attention to itself”, which creates additional tensions in relations between the two countries.
For decades, Greece has been at odds with Turkey on a range of issues, such as competing territorial claims in the eastern Mediterranean, the Greek-Turkish divide in Cyprus, and illegal migration.
In October, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt condemned Turkey’s gas drilling in exclusive economic zones of other countries, as well as “provocations” along the Greek continental shelf, including violations of outer space. air and territorial waters of the country in the Aegean Sea, and called on Ankara to respect international law.