Triple threat from Ankara for the Aegean

Mevlut Cavusoglu also joined the dance of open challenges, unleashing shots for 12 miles, gray zones and demilitarization of islands

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Turkey is not willing to take a step back from the rhetoric of tension, with the attacks on Greece firmly on the agenda of the statements of the ministers of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ankara seems to insist emphatically on its belligerence towards Athens and in view of elections, in the shadow of decisions and statements that denounce its attempt to enforce agreements made through illegal agreements, such as the Turkish-Libyan memoranda. Movements which were sanctioned by the UN and denounced by the USA and more. The threats concerning the Aegean, on the other hand, focus on the whole range of Turkish claims and are expressed in the Erdogan line both by the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hulusi Akar. Cavusoglu, responding to the claim that Greece is allegedly “preparing an attack on Turkey”, argued that Athens “knows very well what it means to oppose Ankara”.

In the all-out attack launched by Cavusoglu, he noted that Turkey will not allow the extension of Greece’s territorial waters to 12 miles, but not even one mile beyond six. He also claimed that with the 1995 casus belli decision, Turkey “does not threaten war”, but declares its determination to defend its “interests” in the Aegean at all costs, to add that this will not become a Greek lake .

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Threats

Ankara persists in its threats regarding the demilitarization of the islands, with Cavusoglu underlining that “militarization is a threat to Turkey.” Akar also insisted on the issue, calling on Athens to demilitarize the islands and align its airspace with territorial waters at six nautical miles in order to start the dialogue. He pointed out that Ankara is also monitoring the issue of Alexandroupolis.

Ankara also puts the issue of “grey zones” on the agenda, with the Turkish Foreign Minister invoking what Turkey considers accomplished after the Imia crisis, talking about islands, islets and islets that were not clearly granted by the treaties. He warns that when the day comes, these will be included in Turkey’s legal arguments.

Erdogan also returned to the rhetoric of challenges, referring to the Tayfun test as the “missile that drove the Greeks crazy”, promising to improve it.

Nikos Dendias responded to Cavusoglu’s triple threat from Niger, where he was on a visit, speaking of Turkish irritation after the position of the United Nations and the State Department “regarding the Turkish-Libyan “memorandum” and its validity”.

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