The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that Greece continues to violate treaties by deploying warships in the islands of the Mediterranean, the last of which was sending warships to the island of Meis (2.1 km from the Turkish coasts).

In a press briefing, the leader, Pinar Karah, the official in charge of media and public relations at the ministry, explained that the Turkish armed forces continue to protect Turkish interests in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean.

It also affirmed the protection of the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriots on the island of Cyprus, and the guarantee of security and peace there, in line with international guarantees and coalition treaties.

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She added that “Greece continues to violate treaties by deploying warships on the islands, the last of which is sending warships to the island of Meiss in the Mediterranean.”

And she continued, “Despite all the positive and constructive Turkish efforts, Greece continues its provocative and illegal actions.”

Karrah stressed that Turkey continues its efforts for a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiations based on international law and good-neighborly relations.

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She noted that the 11th meeting between Turkey and Greece was held to discuss “methods of resolving conflict” at NATO headquarters.

On Friday, Ankara announced the end of the 11th meeting of Turkish-Greek technical talks at the level of military bodies at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

On September 4, 2020, Stoltenberg announced the launch of technical talks between Turkey and Greece to establish mechanisms to avoid skirmishes in the eastern Mediterranean and stressed that they are technical talks, not negotiations and that they are complementary actions to the political mediation efforts led by Germany.

In the context, Karah explained that “an official invitation was sent to Greece to attend the fourth meeting to discuss confidence-building measures between the two countries, but no response has yet been made.”

The first meeting to discuss confidence-building measures between the two countries took place in Athens between 20 and 25 May 2019, to discuss measures to be taken to increase cooperation with regard to regional waters.

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