Turkish president, NATO chief discuss Eastern Mediterranean over phone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg held a phone conversation over the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Erdogan told Stoltenberg that Turkey would continue to protect its rights and interests everywhere, and asked NATO to fulfill its responsibility against unilateral steps that ignore international law and damage regional peace, according a statement of Turkey’s presidential office issued on Friday.

The Turkish leader also said his country has been supporting a fair solution in the region with a win-win mentality for all countries, it added.

Turkey and its NATO ally Greece have long been at odds over the energy resources in the region as Ankara has been opposing the drilling efforts of several countries without its involvement.