Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is reacting to Turkey’s successive statements calling into question Greece’s sovereignty over several islands in the region. After Erdogan’s message in Greek, Tsipras responded in Turkish.
“Greece will protect its sovereignty against all kinds of threats. So let us end the challenge and return to dialogue on the basis of international law,” Alexis Tsipras said in a Turkish-language message on Twitter.
“Extreme nationalism is not the answer to the economic crisis we are all facing,” the Greek prime minister added.
The Greek Foreign Ministry also responded on Thursday to what it called Turkey’s attempt at “revisionism” in the Aegean Sea. In order to “raise public awareness of Turkish revisionism,” the Greek ministry published on its website a series of maps, the oldest from 1923, which, according to him, “show strikingly and convincingly unilateral actions and claims. and illegal Turkey. “
According to Athens, Ankara began an “illegal” oil exploration in the North Aegean in 1973, before attempting to “usurp” the Greek-administered maritime rescue zone (SAR) in the 1980s. 1990, to bring the uninhabited Greek islands into question by calling them “gray areas”.
Ahead of next year’s presidential election and in a context of rampant inflation in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other senior Turkish officials have sharpened their criticism of Greece, its regional rival, which has strengthened its defense agreements with France and United States.
In a Greek-language Twitter message on Thursday night, the Turkish president once again expressed his anger at Athens: to results that she will regret, as was the case a century ago. “
This year, the Greeks are celebrating the 100th anniversary of what they call the “Smyrna Catastrophe” (now the city of Izmir), when in 1922 a fire devastated Christian neighborhoods and caused tens of thousands of Greeks to leave Asia Minor for mainland Greece. and the Aegean islands.
Turkish authorities have recently said they will suspend future bilateral meetings and have accused Greece of deploying troops to the Aegean islands, in violation of peace treaties signed after World War I and World War II.
“Come to your senses,” the Turkish head of state said on Thursday in a new salvo against Greece. “You should disarm the islands. I’m not kidding,” he added during a military exercise.
Athens says troops are stationed on the islands in response to Turkish military barracks, planes and landing craft on the opposite coast. The Greek Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Turkish rhetoric, in addition to a controversial memorandum with Libya and the strategic doctrine of the “blue homeland” that claims much of the Aegean Sea, is a violation of international law and a threat to peace in the region.
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