As tensions rose in the Eastern Mediterranean with a showdown between the navies of Greece and Turkey, Ankara turned its attention to Yerevan, which has expressed its support to Greece and Cyprus.
In a statement on Saturday, Armenia’s Foreign Ministry called Turkey’s efforts to infringe on the territories of Greece and Cyprus “illegal and provocative.”
“This destabilizing posturing in the Eastern Mediterranean manifests the continued aggressive and expansionist policy that Turkey has been pursuing in its neighboring regions,” said Armenia’s Foreign Ministry.
“We reiterate Armenia’s unequivocal support and solidarity with Greece and Cyprus and call on Turkey to de-escalate the situation, respect the International Law and cease all actions within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Greece and Cyprus,” added the ministry.
Armenia’s Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan discussed the standoff with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts Nikos Dendias and Nikos Christodoulide in a separate telephone conversations.
Mnatsakanyan was briefed on the escalating situation in the Aegean-Eastern Mediterranean region resulting from Turkey’s provocations.
Mnatsakanyan reaffirmed Armenia’s unconditional support to Greece and Cyprus and expressed hope for a peaceful settlement of the situation.
This alliance between Armenia, Greece and Cyprus did not sit well with official Ankara, which slammed Yerevan’s support for its adversaries.
“We see that Armenia, which attempts to present an opinion on the Eastern Mediterranean, is in fundamental error about world geography and its place in this geography. The issue here is not Lake Sevan, but the Eastern Mediterranean,” Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy was quoted by Turkish media as saying.
“After Armenia’s provocative statement about the Treaty of Sevres, its opinion on the Eastern Mediterranean is a new example of irresponsibility and without limits,” Aksoy added.
“No matter what happens, Turkey will protect its rights and the rights of Turkish Cypriots in the eastern Mediterranean stemming from international law. No alliance of evil can afford to prevent that. Those who think otherwise have not learned anything from history,” he added.
Aksoy also took the opportunity to reiterate support for its “brother Azerbaijan.”
If Turkey makes a move on the territory of any of its neighbors, Turkey should be expelled from NATO and hence regarded as the confrontation state it has always been.
Problems can and should be resolved through negotiations on the basis of international law and common sense. However convergence will not be achieved when Turkey resorts to bulling tactics and threats to force Greece to accept the unacceptable. Their aim is neither reasonable nor lawful and will eventually escalate into a full blown war. Turkey arrogantly says it will win but in reality they are very afraid. Greece’s position is based on international law emanating from UN’s Law of the Sea used by the vast majority of countries to determine their EEZs. Turkey’s position is not based on international law emanating from UN’s Law of the Sea but instead on self serving interests with the purpose of grabbing other peoples property as they have done all their life. It’s impossible to kick off an old habit. Foolishly Turkey is embroiled simultaneously in many fronts in violation of international law such as in Cyprus, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Armenia etc. It will soon come to a perfect storm whereby Turkey will have to face the music in these fronts simultaneously, including the Kurdish people who still seek justice and freedom, and Turkey will collapse like the old Ottoman Empire. Awfully this time around it will be broken down into small enough parts not to bother anybody else anymore.
@George S: the problem here is that Erdogan have the balls of the west in his hands and is squeezing at will, including Trumps bls.
True but not for too long. Clown Trump is out of there very soon and Biden does not joke. Also alliances are shifting drastically against Turkey who is totally isolated. The house of cards for Turkey will soon collapse once a worthy opponent hits back hard because so far they have not faced a worthy opponent.
Turkey. A nation of many invasive and copied lands a d cultures. Evil at is sperm seed. Pack up. Surrender. U killed. Raped. Tortured and murdered innocent people and unarmed elderly. It’s over. Greece and we united long before u were wielding that sword in the name of fake religions and bastardizations
The only way for Greece and Armenia to counter Turkey, as Asian foothills invading Turks will never stop expanding, oppressing, robbing, raping and then BLAMING their victims… is COLLECTIVELY BE UNITED. But is Greece trust worthy in case of real hostilities.? That is the question.
ARM THE ARMENIAN ARMY TO THE TEETH.
DIASPORA ARMY UNITS NOW!
LONG RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILES
HAVE A DISASTER PLAN IN PLACE NOW!
NEVER FORGET THE GENOCIDE. ITS NOT OVER.
NEVER FORGET TURKEY IS A CRIMINAL MURDERING INVADI8NG RACIST STATE THAT NEEDS TO GO…EVEN IF IT TAKES ANOTHER 500 YEARS. THEY BRING NOTHING GOOD. EVER!
MAKE CLEAR EASTERN TURKEY IS WESTERN ARMENIA.. HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN. NOTHING LESS
BE THE MASTERS OF OUR OWN DESTINY..
INSTILL OUR OWN JUSTICE FOR OUR OWN GENOCIDE….
MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. ITS UP TO US!