In an interview with the Turkish channel 24, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu spoke about Hagia Sophia and the tension caused between Greece and Turkey at the political level.
As skai.gr reported, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that he did not believe “how impertinent Greece is when talking about Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is within Turkish territory, we have conquered it. Greece has nothing to do with what we do in our territory,” he said. “We will do whatever we want with our property in our country,” he said.
Athens is the last to speak because it is the last capital without a mosque, he added, while he accused Greece that on the pretext of COVID-19 spread it did not allow the mosques to open in western Thrace.
He added that “the islands have no continental shelf, only six-mile territorial waters,” responding implicitly to the USA, which yesterday sent a strong message to Turkey.
The US Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources, Francis Fannon, said yesterday that provocative actions must stop and that the islands have EEZ and continental shelf like any other land territory.