US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized Turkey for opposing the principles and operation of NATO and undermining its cohesion during a Foreign Ministers’ teleconference, according to diplomatic sources, Ekathimerini reports.
In the teleconference, Pompeo spoke of Ankara’s ‘provocative’ activities in the eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria, and Nagorno-Karabakh, adding that the Turkish acquisition of the S-400 missile system was a ‘gift to Russia’ from a NATO ally, the sources said.
He also said that the military ‘deconfliction mechanism’ agreed between Athens and Ankara in October is not working because of Turkey.
The mechanism was designed to reduce the risk of incidents and accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean. It includes creating a hotline between Greece and Turkey to facilitate deconfliction at sea or in the air.
NEWS.ru earlier reported that Turkey and the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus intend to conduct joint military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea amid growing tensions between the Ankara and Greek authorities.