GREECE, Turkey — Greek authorities said on Monday that Turkey had warned Greece that the border between the two countries would be closed if there was a breach of the cease-fire.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that “any breaches of the cessation of hostilities will be considered a grave violation of international law.”
“The border and airspace are open for the exchange of goods and services as long as there are no breaches of this agreement,” the statement said.
The ministry said that Turkey will continue to work closely with Greece in order to restore normalcy in the Aegean Sea.
The cease-fires have been a major obstacle to Ankara’s ambitions to build an autonomous enclave on its northern border with Turkey and to push the EU-Turkey border back.
On Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the cease was not a “peace deal” and that “the Turkish Republic will not accept any agreement which does not include the right of self-determination of the Turkish people.”
Turkey’s move came just days after Greece signed a deal with Turkey to reopen its border with the island nation and to resume the construction of a fence that had been in place since the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey, a NATO member and former client of the United States, has sought to bolster its influence on the Aeingan by deploying its navy, its air force and a military base on the island, and has been conducting military exercises in the area.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said in comments broadcast on national television that he spoke with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, on Monday morning and they agreed that it was time to put an end to the crisis.
“We said that we have to move forward with the negotiations to restore calm in the region and this is the first step,” Kotzis said.