Erdogan says Turkey ‘will not back down’ in eastern Mediterranean standoff

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey will not back down to threats of sanctions nor to incursions on its claimed territory in the Mediterranean Sea, where it is in a standoff with Greece.

“We will never bow to banditry on our continental shelf. We will not back down against the language of sanctions and threats,” Erdogan said.


The Turkish Oruc Reis survey ship will continue energy exploration until August 23, he added.

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On Wednesday, a Greek and a Turkish warship were involved in a mild collision during a standoff in the eastern Mediterranean, in what a Greek defense source called an accident, but Ankara described as a provocation.

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