Turkish Foreign Ministry reacts tough to maneuvers aviation French Air Force. Recently, French aircraft landed at one of the air bases in Cyprus. This is due to the fact that French military personnel are taking part in joint exercises with military personnel from Cyprus, Greece and Italy. The exercises started the day before and will end on Friday 28 August.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry believes that by such actions France violates the 1960 treaty.
Turkish Foreign Ministry:
France is thereby encouraging Greece, which is responsible for escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, to further escalate the situation in the region.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry says that Ankara "intends to suppress the attempts of those who seek to exclude Eastern Cyprus and Turkey from the processes in the eastern Mediterranean."
The Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted so zealously due to the fact that Turkey was not invited to the joint exercises that are being held in the region. The main phase of the Greek-French-Italian-Cypriot teachings will take place south of the Greek island of Crete.
In France, the claims of the Turkish authorities have not yet been commented on at the official level.