Turkey pulled back its Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel from the Eastern Mediterranean to allow for diplomacy with Greece, but this not mean Turkish operations in the region are finished, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.
A Greek and a Turkish warship were involved in a mild collision on Wednesday during a standoff in the Eastern Mediterranean, in what a Greek defense source called an accident but Ankara described as a provocation.
In a telephonic conversation on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about the immediate reopening of land and air borders between two neighboring countries, Iran Press reported.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has described the chances of normal diplomatic relations with neighboring Turkey as remote, stressing that such an ideal cannot be achieved as long as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports Takfiri militant groups and is under the heavy influence of Egypt’s so-called Muslim Brotherhood movement.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara has no plans to stop the flow of migrants into the European Union (EU), warning that “millions of refugees” will soon be moving toward Turkey’s borders with the bloc.
The Iranian president said the increase of tensions will not be in favor of anyone in the region, stressing that the issues should be solved through dialogue as military tensions between Turkey and Syria have escalated in recent weeks.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that he had asked President Vladimir Putin of Russia to step aside in Syria and leave Turkey to deal with Syrian government alone, after 34 Turkish soldiers were killed this week.