Ankara is in favor of a peaceful settlement of disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean, the country’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday, adding, however, that Ankara will not give in to “coercion or pressure”.
“Let’s solve problems by talking. However, everyone should have seen and understood that we do not submit to any fait accompli, coercion or pressure, ”Akar said.
Akar said Turkey will continue to protect the interests and rights of “our brothers” in the occupied part of Cyprus. “We have not allowed and we will not allow our rights to be violated,” he said.