Change of tactics by the Turkish Minister of Defense, Hulusi Akar – What he says now about the Aegean islands.
Greek-Turkish: Ankara does not stop the provocations! After the new attack of Recep Tayyip Erdogan against Greece and Europe and the news that Turks are eating the walls of Hagia Sophia, now Hulusi Akar is taking over.
The country’s defense minister gave a… sign of a change in rhetoric regarding the islands, in an interview with the purely pro-government newspaper Milliyet.
“In Greece, some members of the current political power enter the race of ‘what to do, what to say against Turkey’. The islands have a demilitarized status, they cannot be militarized according to articles 12 and 14 of the Lausanne and Paris agreements. This is very clear and straightforward. But Greece is militarizing these islands,” he said.
“There are no 6 miles of territorial waters and 10 miles of airspace anywhere in the world, but Greece applies them that way. Nevertheless, we are the ones who say let’s sit down and talk. Greece gets others to speak on its behalf. We say, let’s sit down and talk to each other, to solve the problems,” he added.
“Demilitarize the islands, don’t enforce 10 miles of airspace so to speak!” says Hulusi Akar in other words.
At the same time, as reported by SKAI’s correspondent in Turkey, Manolis Kostidis, 15 days ago the Minister of Defense had told the same newspaper that the conditions for the islands do not apply.
However, after the messages from the USA and other Western countries, it seems that there is no question of questioning the sovereignty of the islands due to “militarization”.