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Greece Experiencing Unprecedented Barrage Of Turkish Violations Of Airspace, Says PM

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Greece’s prime minister said on Tuesday his country has experienced an “unprecedented barrage” of Turkish violations of its airspace and is ready to defend its sovereignty and sovereign rights.

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“We had an unprecedented barrage of overflights and a constant return to unthinkable assertions of supposedly reduced sovereignty of the Greek islands,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis was quoted as saying by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.

He described the development as “unpleasant” because he thought that Greece and Turkey had found a “framework for mutual understanding” after he met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He said Turkey’s provocative rhetoric “can lead us nowhere.”

He continued: “Our country’s obligation is to point out this provocation to our allies and seek their support, whether we are talking about the US or the EU. This support was given publicly and unconditionally.”

“We have seen periods of heightened tension in rhetoric in the past. I pray, hope and openly encourage Turkey that this rhetoric is not translated into greater tension in the field,” Mitsotakis said.

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Turkey on Tuesday called on Greece to withdraw its armed forces from Aegean islands, warning that Ankara will challenge the status of the islands if Athens failed to demilitarize them.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a joint news conference with his North Macedonian counterpart, that Greece has been building a military presence on the Aegean islands in violation of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and the 1947 Paris Treaty.

He said the islands were ceded to Greece on condition that they be kept demilitarized.

“The agreements are there but Greece is violating them. It’s arming them. If Greece does not stop this violation, the sovereignty of the islands will be brought up for discussion,” he said. “It’s that clear. You will abide by the agreements.”

Greece argues that Turkey has deliberately misinterpreted the treaties regarding armed forces on its eastern islands and says it has legal grounds to defend itself following hostile actions by Ankara including a long-standing threat of war if it extends its territorial waters.

The Turkish minister’s comments come amid a new escalation in tensions between the NATO allies that have a history of disputes over a range of issues including mineral exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and rival claims in the Aegean Sea.

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2 thoughts on “Greece Experiencing Unprecedented Barrage Of Turkish Violations Of Airspace, Says PM

  • June 8, 2022 at 3:36 am
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    It’s obvious to anyone who has followed these developements that erdgan is trying to portray himself as a mighty ottoman legend in the making to hide some deep insecurities. Every westeern nation is siding with Greece, Turkish allies include the problem children of the nations including Pakistan, Azerbaijan, North Korea, heck even some arab nations will not side with Turkey because they know the history of rape, pillage, murder and genocide perpertrated by the ottomans.
    From what i see , this will lead to a war where there will be no winners but, the poverty , hunger and misery that turkey will go through will not make erdogan a legend Rather go down in history of driving Turkey back 400 years.

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    • June 14, 2022 at 3:15 pm
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      I do not know which country you are a citizen of, but I must say that it is shameful to see yourself and non-Muslim societies in a perfect and giant mirror. You are unaware of the events and you insult yourself, not the other party, with unnecessary barbaric sentences. What do you do if your neighbor is waiting at the door with a gun? I think you have to change your mindset to be totally racist.

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