Akar: “With Apostolakis we agreed to continue the talks with Greece”

Akar: “With Apostolakis we agreed to continue the talks with Greece”

Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, in his interview on the television broadcasting network Haberturk, referred to the latest contacts between the Military and Diplomatic Committees of the two countries and said that “according to the agreement we had with my remarkable counterpart, Mr. Apostolakis, we sent a committee to Athens. For about one week they stayed there, they worked. Each side listens to the other side in a positive spirit and with understanding, and I hope that in successive meetings we will get to a more positive point. We, in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, are in favour of peace, we are in favour of the benefit of all, however in an appropriate way we state that we will not allow/enable fait accompli”

Akar mentioned Turkey’s positions on the developments in the eastern Mediterranean and stressed that “the Turkish Republic and the Turkish people have rights, we are the country with the largest coastline in the eastern Mediterranean and in addition there are our brothers of the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’. In no way can you ignore the rights and the rightfulness of Turkey as well as the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’. You can not achieve anything by ignoring us, ignoring the Turkish Republic, ignoring the Turkish Cypriots.”

The Turkish Defence Minister has not confirmed the US-appointed deadline for the cancellation the reception of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system, but said that “the S-400 may not arrive in June, but in the coming months they will come. The process has began.” Analysts believe that this statement by Akar may be a prior notification of a small postponement in the receipt of the Russian weapons systems./ibna