PM Erdogan: Turkey to increase naval presence in eastern Mediterranean.

By bne IntelliNews September 7, 2011
As a sign of growing tension between Turkey and Israel, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday (Sep 6) that Turkey would increase its naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean, adding that these waters are not a strange place to Turkey and Turkish ships would be more frequently seen there. The government already downgraded the diplomatic ties with Israel and decided to freeze the military pacts with this country. This time, PM Erdogan suggested that trade ties in defence industry with Israel would be suspended. The government has announced several sanction against Israel and more sanctions can be considered, says Erdogan who also accused Israel of behaving like a spoilt child. As a final note, the PM said he might visit the Gaza Strip but he would take a final decision during his visit to Egypt, which is expected to take place in mid-September,.

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