Provocative reports from the Anadolu agency and TRT Haber that broadcast images from the Greek island and the facilities located on it – “Greeks have heavy weapons and soldiers in Pserimos” – They also referred to Mitsotaki’s recent visit
Provocative reports, this time from state media in Turkey, which clearly reflect the strategy of the Turkish government, caught Pserimos today.
Specifically, in issues presented by the Anadolu agency and the state television TRT Haber, they claim with videos and photos that there are military units in Pserimos, which “is located at a distance of 8 kilometers southwest of Bodrum”.
The same reports try to support their claims with satellite photos, saying that artillery units, a helipad and an observatory are installed on the island, with which “Greece violates the Lausanne Treaty”. In addition, TRT Haber goes so far as to claim that Pserimos is a Turkish island, while they do not fail to comment on the visit that Kyriakos Mitsotakis had made there.
The state channel TRT specifically states: “Another challenge from Greece:” Soldiers and heavy weapons were observed in Pserimos. “The Anantolou agency captured in its lens armament and military presence of Greece on the island of Keci (Pserimos), 8 kilometers southwest of the peninsula of Alikarnassos, which has been equipped in violation of international law.”
At the same time, political analysts comment that similar reports, instigated by Ankara, may be released in the coming days for other Greek islands in the Aegean.
“To lower the Greek flags from Oinousses, Pserimos and other islands and islets of the Aegean”
It is recalled that a few days ago the retired brigadier general and professor of the private Aydin University of Istanbul Naim Babouroglou had asked Turkey to lower the Greek flags from Oinousses, Pserimos and other Aegean islands and islets.
Speaking on a Haber Turk show, Babouroglou provocatively argued that Ankara should do to the “disputed” -as he called them- Greek islands, what it did in 1996 in Imia. “Now Turkey will lower the Greek flag from Oinousses, Pserimos, as well as from similar islands, islets and islets near western Anatolia and then the Turkish flag will fly. It is so simple, “he said, continuing in the same tone:” Greece has neither the size nor the strength nor the power to threaten the Turkish Republic. “And this is not a hot conflict, but we are talking about diplomatic coercion.”
The retired brigadier general repeated the story of “demilitarized” islands that violate international treaties, to the point of claiming that since Greece “changed their status” they belong to Turkey, as the successor country of the Ottoman Empire.
Babouroglou specifically stated: “Arriving in 1947, the Dodecanese that had been occupied by the Italians were handed over to the Greeks. But I emphasize to you that these islands should not only be disarmed as stated in the Treaty of Lausanne, but demilitarized, that is, there will not even be soldiers. But we have reached the point where 23 islands and almost all of them have changed their status, “he said, adding:” In fact, there are 152 islands, islets and islets that have not been delivered with conditions in Greece. The islands were given the term not just of disarmament but of demilitarization. So after you changed the regime, to whom did these islands belong? In the Ottoman state. And to whom does the heritage of the Ottoman state belong? It belongs to the state of the Turkish Republic, these are what the agreements and the documents say “.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who was recently in Pserimos, also targeted Babouroglou, saying that he could not visit it because it is in the same “status” as Imia. “Expecting from now on a positive diplomatic step from Greece to Turkey is something that goes against history. For example, two days ago the Prime Minister of Greece Mitsotakis visited the island of Pserimos. But Pserimos is in the same status as Imia. “He can not visit there, nor can there be military units on the island,” he said.