Ankara is the capital of Turkey, located in Central Anatolia. It is Turkey's second largest city behind Istanbul. It has been the capital of the Republic of Turkey since its founding in 1923, replacing Istanbul.
Turkey's capital is located at an intersection point of highways connecting east to west and north to south of Anatolia and it is a home to National Assembly of Turkey. Ankara lies between four mountains of Anatolia Plateau.
Turkey's Erdogan has called on the European Union to take a neutral stance in Ankara's growing row with Greece. Relations between Ankara and Athens have been strained over energy prospecting in the eastern Mediterranean.
French President Macron said he will increase military presence in the Mediterranean over "unilateral" gas explorations by Turkey. He called on Ankara to cease the explorations in order to allow a "peaceful dialogue."