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We are not going to play Ankara’s game, Defence Minister says

Defence Minister Christophoros Fokaides at the event marking Remembrance Day

The government is taking all necessary measures and will not, under any circumstances, play Ankara’s game, said the Minister of Defence Christoforos Fokaides, when asked to comment on the escalating tension in Cyprus` EEZ as a result Turkey’s actions.

Asked particularly to comment on statements by a Turkish Admiral that Turkish warships will apply the rules of engagement if they come upon Greek or Israeli warships in the Eastern Mediterranean, Fokaides said that “it is obvious that Turkey has chosen the path of creating tension. We are monitoring the Turkish movements but we are not going to follow them.”

The Defence Minister said that “our policy remains firmly committed to promoting stability, security and regional cooperation within the framework of international law and coincides with the interests of the countries of the region and the common perspective of peace and prosperity for the entire region.”

Fokaides was speaking on the sidelines of an event for Remembrance Day to commemorate all those who lost their lives fighting for freedom during the two World Wars.

CNA

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