APA – The Turkish vice president Saturday called on the EU for equity amid ongoing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

Fuat Oktay said in his interview: “Turkey expects equity from the EU, no one should expect Ankara to take a step back based on this equity.”

“It is insincere for the EU to call for dialogue on the one hand and make other plans on the other, regarding the activities we carry out in our own continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Oktay also said on via his Twitter account.

He added: “We [Turkey] are well aware of peace and diplomatic language, but we will not hesitate to do what is necessary when it comes to protecting the rights and interests of Turkey.”

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