Akar: Turkish-Russian talks on joint Karabakh center go as planned
Technical talks between Turkish and Russian military delegations on a joint center to be established in Nagorno-Karabakh are ongoing as planned, Turkey’s national defense minister Hulusi Akar said.
"Works with Russians are ongoing as planned," Akar told top commanders in a video conference.
On the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, the minister said Turkey is not the one who escalates tension in the region, adding that Ankara always tries to solve disputes through dialogue and good neighborly relations.
"Unfortunately, our neighbor stubbornly refrains from talks and meetings about the issue," he said, adding that Greece seeks solutions "at other doors".
Akar noted that Athens, with this attitude, is doing wrong as problems cannot be solved in such way. "We will maintain our principled attitude to protect our rights and interests, and to maintain good neighborly relations," Anadolu Agency cited Turkey’s national defense minister as saying.