President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells a gathering in Antalya that Türkiye's growing defence industry is now an envy of others countries as he warns Greece against provocative military actions.
Türkiye's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar warned Greece not to get involve in "irreconcilable and provocative attitudes" towards Ankara and accept its friendship.
Athens attempts to present problems between Greece and Türkiye as "issues related to NATO, US, EU," the Turkish defence chief says.
The migrants have been rescued off the coast of Mugla’s Bodrum district in the Aegean and the Didim district in the western province of Aydin.
Search for dozens of unaccounted people continues after two boats carrying about 140 people sink. Separately, Turkish authorities rescue 48 refugees pushed back by Greek coast guard into Turkish waters.
Turkish coast guard has dispatched rescue teams in the Aegean after receiving alert of refugees and migrants being pushed back by Greek authorities.
The dominant view amongst regional experts is that Greece’s military tactics in the contested islands are an attempt to alter the regional balance and start a new conflict with its neighbour Türkiye.
Authorities save 283 migrants and refugees stranded in a boat off the country's southern coast as President Erdogan berates Greece for turning Aegean Sea into a "refugee graveyard."
Despite Ankara’s calls for the solution of problems in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, Athens continues its provocations, aggressive actions and rhetoric and unlawful attitude, ministry sources say.
Türkiye, a NATO member for over 70 years, has complained of repeated provocative actions and rhetoric by Greece in the region in recent months.
President Erdogan condemns the recent Greek air defence system's harassment of Turkish jets, adding that Athens "can neither match up to us nor become an equal for us politically, economically or militarily."
Reacting to the German foreign minister's remarks, the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson asked Berlin not to interfere in Ankara's dispute with Athens in the Aegean Sea.
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