Hulusi Akar

Akar: No Greek provocation will go unanswered

Turkey will not leave unanswered acts of "harassment" and "provocation" by Greece, the country's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Friday, a day after a Hellenic Coast Guard patrol boat was harassed by a Turkish offshore vessel. 

"We neither harass nor provoke [Greece]. But we will not leave unanswered any harassment or provocation against us," Akar said.

Avoiding the perfect storm

Turkey's AK Party spokesman Omer Celik said Monday that the government is mulling bringing elections "slightly" forward (the country's parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled to be held on June 18), a decision which could have implications for Greece.

Türkiye, Russia will resume joint patrols in North Syria: Akar

Türkiye and Russia will resume joint patrols in northern Syria in line with a recent deal between the two countries, the Turkish defense minister has said, expressing Ankara's intention to continue a process started by Ankara, Moscow and Damascus for resolving terror and migration problems.