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Turkey: 'Europe is reaping what it sows' - Erdogan comments on gas crisis02:21

Turkey: 'Europe is reaping what it sows' - Erdogan comments on gas crisis

Turkey, Istanbul
September 6, 2022 at 15:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that EU members will face a tough winter when it comes to the natural gas shortages, speaking Istanbul on Tuesday before embarking on a three-day tour on the Balkans.

“Europe is reaping what it sows,” stated Erdogan, adding that the bloc member states "will spend this winter with serious problems.”

He also commented on Greece's alleged airspace violations.

"Our Defence Ministry continues these meetings with the Secretary General of NATO and other representatives, and on the issue of radar-lock, our sensitivity persists with determination. Greece is aware of this and since they are aware of this, Greece has thus chosen to clean up its act," Erdogan told.

Erdogan reiterated the warning to Athens, saying "all of a sudden, we can come overnight."

"Specially my own statements about it in the speeches that I made in the last week, I think they have been reflected on you too, and in the next period Greece will probably decide what kind of relationship it will have with Turkey by thinking much more. Otherwise, as I always say, all of a sudden, we can come overnight," Erdogan stated.

The conflict between the two countries escalated again in August after Greece allegedly fired S-300 surface-to-air missiles at a Turkish F-16s, which was scouting in the Aegean Sea, near the island of Crete, according to the Turkish military. Greece has denied the Turkish claims.

The Turkish leader also commented on several foreign policy matters, including Greece, energy and Russia ahead of his three-nation Balkan tour of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that EU members will face a tough winter when it comes to the natural gas shortages, speaking Istanbul on Tuesday before embarking on a three-day tour on the Balkans.

“Europe is reaping what it sows,” stated Erdogan, adding that the bloc member states "will spend this winter with serious problems.”

He also commented on Greece's alleged airspace violations.

"Our Defence Ministry continues these meetings with the Secretary General of NATO and other representatives, and on the issue of radar-lock, our sensitivity persists with determination. Greece is aware of this and since they are aware of this, Greece has thus chosen to clean up its act," Erdogan told.

Erdogan reiterated the warning to Athens, saying "all of a sudden, we can come overnight."

"Specially my own statements about it in the speeches that I made in the last week, I think they have been reflected on you too, and in the next period Greece will probably decide what kind of relationship it will have with Turkey by thinking much more. Otherwise, as I always say, all of a sudden, we can come overnight," Erdogan stated.

The conflict between the two countries escalated again in August after Greece allegedly fired S-300 surface-to-air missiles at a Turkish F-16s, which was scouting in the Aegean Sea, near the island of Crete, according to the Turkish military. Greece has denied the Turkish claims.

The Turkish leader also commented on several foreign policy matters, including Greece, energy and Russia ahead of his three-nation Balkan tour of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.