Regarding the conflicts on the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “If we want lasting peace and stability here, Armenia should abandon provocations and take sincere steps towards cooperation and peace.” Çavuşoğlu said, “The normalization process continues at the bilateral level, but we tell them that it will not continue independently from Azerbaijan. Beyond our relations with Azerbaijan, what will it be like without peace in the Caucasus, while these tensions continue between Azerbaijan and Armenia?” he said.
“GREECE IS CRAZY”
Speaking about the recently rising tension with Greece, Çavuşoğlu said, “Greece’s main discomfort is that Turkey has been an important actor recently.” Noting that Turkey has increased its visibility in the international arena with the steps it has taken in regions such as the Eastern Mediterranean, Ukraine, Caucasus and the Balkans, Çavuşoğlu said, “These achievements of Turkey are driving Greece crazy. By provoking Turkey with harassment and lockdowns, Greece is in search of “Can we impose sanctions on Turkey” in the EU. Greece does similar cheap things, and we attribute the steps they take to them,” he said. Çavuşoğlu said, “We decide where and when we will come” regarding the statements of Greek Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis, who replied “We are waiting in the daylight” to President Erdoğan’s statements “We may come suddenly one night”. Regarding the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting to be held in Uzbekistan today, which President Erdogan will also attend, Çavuşoğlu asked, “Will Turkey’s membership to the SCO come to the agenda?” Upon the question, he said, “There is no decision or invitation regarding membership at the moment.”
GOING TO THE FUNERAL
Çavuşoğlu also announced that he will represent Turkey at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last week, on 19 September.