Turkey warns against erecting structures from “enemy countries”

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Turkey says it will be safe if it doesn’t leave, but is warning against erecting structures that will be used against it.

The US military command in Europe says if Turkish forces cross the line, “Turkey will be attacked.”


5:55 p.m.

Turkey’s foreign minister says its military could attack Greece if the neighbors close down the Turkish-Syrian border, and warns against erecting any structures that could be used against it.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters Monday that the Turkish security mechanism can respond to any Turkish move into Greece.

He says that if Greek authorities close the Turkish border and the Turkish-controlled area is not secured, the Turkish military would likely move into the area, citing the “strategic importance” of the country.

Turkey and Greece border on the Mediterranean.


6 p.m.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says if Greek authorities close the Turkish-Syrian border, “Turkey will be attacked.”

He says Turkey has the “strategic importance” of the Mediterranean Sea and does not want to see any change in relations with Greece.

Turkey has been a loyal member of NATO for decades, its neighbors, including Greece, have the right to close its border. The two neighbors have also clashed violently over the past two decades.

Earlier Monday, Davutoglu urged all Greeks to stay away from areas where Turkish forces were deployed.

He also warned against erecting construction materials from countries he described as “enemy countries.”


4:45 p.m.

Greece’s prime minister says he is “prepared” for the possible closing of a Turkish border crossing with a Greek island after Turkish forces launched an incursion into northern Greece.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsip

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