Ankara has explicitly told Greece that refraining from tensions would be better for bilateral ties, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said.
Talking to the press at Ankara Esenboga Airport before departing for Belarus, Yildirim said: “We clearly expressed to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that avoiding tensions will be better, with regards to relations between the two countries.”
His remarks came a day after he and Tsipras spoke over the phone and discussed recent developments in the Aegean Sea. He said the Aegean Sea should be a “friendship” sea between Turkey and Greece.
Yildirim said the Aegean Sea should be used “efficiently” for the welfare of both, Turkey and Greece.
“Tension or risk of clashes cannot be one-sided. If there is a violation, there is a violation made by the other party as well. Therefore, it is not only Turkey that should be careful in avoiding such violations; at the same time, actors in the field from Greece should be more careful and act in accordance with the law and stay away from disputed areas”, the Turkish Premier told reporters.
Yildirim and Tsipras also discussed the Greek Cypriot side’s unilateral hydrocarbon activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. “We told Tsipras that it is not right to attempt hydrocarbon research activities around Cyprus and warned him that continuing such initiatives before reaching a solution in Cyprus will have negative outcomes”, Yildirim warned.