According to Athens and the Greek Staff, Ankara has realized that there are answers for all the action scenarios on the field that it has already processed. Which in fact can be destructive for the neighbors.
The phrase “Erdogan is pressing all the keys at the same time to win the June 2023 elections” by the Turkish journalist Bulent Mumay in his article in the prestigious German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung seems to reflect in a few words the whole of the tactics of the Turkish president in the last space.
As Athens perceives both the rhetoric of Ankara and especially the actions it takes on the field as the elections in Turkey approach, it discerns an absolute disharmony and at the same time a pervasive irritation. Since the expectation of immediate “profits” through threats and blackmail in all directions seems not to be verified. The complete contradiction between words and works as well as the mobilization of every “cunning” and propaganda characterize what is taking place on the “chess board” where, apart from Greece and Turkey, all the powerful have a role, first of course the USA.
While at the level of statements it appears to be raising the tones that reach war cries, in practice it does not support this rhetoric, showing extreme caution on the field as in the recent exercise “Kararlilik 2022” where it was limited to the Turkish coasts without the slightest provocation. And while it allegedly declares it is open to dialogue and “points” to Greece as the country that engages in harassment and violations, it proceeds with actions such as the signing of the new illegal memorandum with the transitional government of Libya.
It is now more than clear that at the military level the equipment reinforcement of the Hellenic Armed Forces spearheaded by the Air Force has more than disturbed Ankara. It has angered her since she realizes that the advantage she thought she had is disappearing and in fact she lacks in several qualitative features of her arsenal given the terrain of a potential conflict. The decision to release the now infamous video of the test of the “Tayfun” ballistic missile in the Black Sea was only by chance not at this particular juncture. And not in an official way through the Turkish Ministry of Defense, but through the Media and websites, something that the neighbors rarely do since everything related to the country’s defense is thoroughly “filtered”. No one knows the true parameters of the propaganda video.
When was it taken, what does it really show and did the ballistic ‘Tayfun’ actually travel 561 km before falling into the sea? Why was the test not attended by the military leadership of the country, the Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar or even Tayyip Erdoğan himself who does not miss an opportunity to appear at every major “event” in Turkey? The only thing that interested the neighbors was apparently to draw the relevant lines on the map and measure how far the “scary” “Tayfun” will hit, showing the whole of the Greek Territory.
According to Athens and the Greek Staff, Ankara has realized that there are answers for all the action scenarios on the field that it has already processed. Which in fact can be destructive for the neighbors. And so he is looking for a way to lure Greece to the dialogue table with a “marked” deck of cards.