Turkey transporting tens of tanks from Syrian to Greek border - report

Turkey is transporting tens of tanks from the Syrian border to the country’s northwestern front bordering Greece amid an ongoing dispute with the neighbouring country over hydrocarbon resources in the eastern Mediterranean, pro-government news outlet A-Haber reported on Saturday.

A total of 40 tanks are in the process of being transported from the country’s southern border to northwestern province of Edirne, it said, sharing photographs of the armoured vehicles loaded on trucks.

The convoy left the Syrian border on Saturday afternoon and is expected to be transferred via train from the port of the southern city of Iskenderun to Edirne, A-Haber said. 

Ajans news agency shared video footage of the armoured vehicles being transported.

There was no official confirmation of the deployment at the time this article was written.

The report arrives as Turkish President Recep Erdoğan on Saturday warned neighbouring Greece to enter talks over disputed eastern Mediterranean territorial claims or face the consequences.

Greece and Turkey have long disagreed on overlapping claims on hydrocarbon resources in the region, with both sides holding conflicting views of how far their continental shelves extend in waters.

The latest bout of tensions in the eastern Mediterranean began last month when Turkey dispatched the seismic survey vessel Oruş Reis to an area of sea claimed by both sides, in a move that has enraged Greece.