‘Saudi Arabia is conducting joint exercises with Greece,yet at the same time, it is asking us for armed drones,’ said President Erdogan.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia has requested to buy Turkish-made combat drones, even as it takes part in military drills in Greece, whom Ankara is at loggerheads with over disputes in the East Mediterranean.
Speaking at a joint news conference with members of the Presidential Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Turkish capital Ankara, Erdogan was asked about Saudi Arabia taking part in joint exercises in Greece.
“Saudi Arabia is conducting joint exercises with Greece,yet at the same time, it is asking us for armed drones. Our hope is to resolve this issue calmly, without things getting heated,” said Erdogan.
Pointing out the confusing nature of these recent developments, Erdogan said, “It’s unclear who’s in cahoots with whom.”
Erdogan also stressed that Turkey is in a decision-making position in the Eastern Mediterranean and “its determined stance remains the same.”
As part of military cooperation between Greece and Saudi Arabia, six Royal Saudi Air Force F-15s arrived on the Greek island of Crete this weekend, said a Hellenic National Defense General Staff statement on Sunday.
This is the first visit to Greece by the 115th Battalion of the Saudi Royal Air Force.