Turkey warns Greece-France arms deal threatens “stability” – .

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Turkey warns Greece-France arms deal threatens “stability” – .


Turkey has criticized a military deal between France and Greece – two countries that have unstable relations with Ankara – saying it threatens regional peace.

  La France et la Grèce ont conclu un accord de 3 milliards d'euros au mécontentement de la Turquie [AFP/Getty]</p><div><p>La Turquie s'est déchaînée vendredi contre un accord de navire de guerre de plusieurs milliards d'euros entre la France et l'ennemi régional grec, avertissant que l'accord menacerait la stabilité régionale en isolant Ankara.

France and Greece signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday that will see Athens buy three French warships, a deal hailed by French President Emmanuel Macron as a major boost to the EU’s defense ambitions.

But Turkey, which has a difficult history and relations with its NATO neighbor Greece, criticized the deal as being directed against Ankara.

“The arming of Greece and the isolation and alienation of Turkey, instead of cooperation, is a problematic policy which will harm Greece and the EU, and which threatens regional peace and stability” , said the spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

On Tuesday, Macron said the sale of frigates should not be seen as a threat to Ankara, calling it a way to jointly ensure security in the Mediterranean as well as North Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.

France and Greece have forged closer ties in recent years, while each country’s relations with Turkey have been strained.

Greco-Turkish relations have a history of war and conflict.

Last year, the two countries were embroiled in a stalemate when their gunboats collided while overshadowing each other in a Turkish push into the disputed waters of the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic on Friday suggested that the warship deal with France was part of Greece’s efforts to bolster what he called “maximalist demands for maritime zone and airspace ”which were“ contrary to international law ”.

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