Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar stated that Greece’s provocations, aggressive actions and rhetoric, and illegal movements continued, “We have always and everywhere responded to this spoiledness of Greece, and we will continue to do so.” said.
Akar attended the “Flight Training Year Opening Ceremony” held at the 1st Main Jet Base Command with Chief of General Staff General Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander General Musa Avsever, Naval Forces Commander Admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu and Air Forces Commander General Atilla Gülan.
In the ceremony, which started with Akar taking his place in the ceremony area with the commanders accompanying him, traditionally sacrifices were sacrificed and prayers were said. Speaking at the ceremony, Akar started his speech by wishing the new flight training year to be beneficial.
Stating that the Turkish Armed Forces has successfully fulfilled all kinds of duties regarding the sovereignty, independence, security of its borders, rights and interests of its country and nation, Akar said that they will continue to stand by them in the just cases of friendly and brotherly countries such as the TRNC, Azerbaijan and Libya.
Emphasizing that the Air Force Command has a respected place in the world with its trained and experienced personnel, modern equipment and weapon systems, Akar emphasized that they continue their work with this awareness.
Stating that with the leadership and encouragement of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the rate of locality and nationality in the defense industry has reached 80 percent, Akar said, “Gin is out of the bottle, we will build our national combat aircraft and our tank in the coming period. Our work on this issue continues with determination and determination.” he said.
Explaining that the US efforts for the supply and modernization of the F-16 continue, Akar said, “We follow them closely and make maximum efforts to ensure a positive outcome.” used the phrase.
Noting that they are closely following the risks, threats and dangers in the region, Minister Akar said, “We have done and continue to do whatever is necessary to protect our rights and interests in the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus.” made its assessment.
Stating that they closely follow what Greece is doing, Akar said, “Whatever needs to be done both at the table and on the field, we gave the necessary answer within the framework of reciprocity.” said.
Stating that Greece’s provocations, aggressive actions and rhetoric, and illegal actions continue, Akar reminded that Greek warplanes harassed Turkish F-16s on NATO mission.
Reminding that the coordination of this mission started in July, Akar said, “As of July 2, the activity has been reported to all NATO channels, everyone has heard and learned about it. It is impossible not to have learned about it. Meanwhile, they intercepted our F-16s, which were doing their NATO duty. “We didn’t know there was a Turkish plane,” he lied in an extremely denial way. he said.
“ENGINEERING AND WRONG MOVEMENTS”
Pointing out that Turkish jets were harassed by the Greek-made S-300 Air Defense System stationed on the Island of Crete on August 23, Akar said:
“These are extremely hostile, wrong actions. Regarding these, all relevant officials, both in NATO and here, are following Greece’s lying and denial by making every attempt. We have done and will continue to do whatever is necessary in this regard. We have always and everywhere responded to your spoiledness, and we will continue to do so. There is no question of us taking a step back in our rights and interests in any way. We have sensitively protected the rights and interests of our country and nation, and we will continue to do so.
We closely follow the actions and rhetoric of Greece, disregarding international law, good neighborly relations and friendship. NATO and third countries should also see what Greece is doing. We warned all our allies about Greece. We expect them to be objective. We want them to know that the actions and rhetoric here are not about friendship or alliance. As Turkey, we continue our work not as a burden to NATO and our allies, but as a country that bears their burden.”
“WE WILL NOT ALLOW ANY FAILURE”
Explaining that the last example of this is the important task fulfilled with the agreement between Ukraine and Russia regarding the grain corridor, Akar said, “We say that Greece should stop seeing Turkey as a threat. Turkey is not a threat, Turkey’s friends, it is extremely strong, effective and reliable for the alliance. is an ally.” shared his views.
Reminding that Greece made an invasion attempt in 1919-1922 with the encouragement and support of some countries, Akar noted that as a result of this, Greece, which was frustrated, hung its prime ministers, ministers and even the chief of staff. Akar continued his speech as follows:
“We have repeatedly reminded our interlocutors not to embark on a similar adventure, not to get into trouble again, not to suffer a major blow again, to abandon these attempts that will result in disappointment, and to take lessons from history. We say that this is a so-called armament, a so-called alliance, and so on. Hold the hand of peace that we have extended, let’s continue our work in accordance with international law within the framework of good neighborly relations. We will not allow any fait accompli, we will not violate the rights of ourselves or our Cypriot brothers, and we will continue our interests and interests in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean to the end, as it has done so far. We have always said, and continue to say, that we will protect our rights and interests in the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus, thank God, we are able to do that as well.”