Turkey and Greece change barbs in one another’s language over Aegean Sea islands
An escalating confrontation has damaged out between Turkey and Greece over islands within the Aegean Sea, with each side now exchanging accusations and threats in one another’s language.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned Athens on Thursday to demilitarise the islands that he claims had been peacefully ceded to Greece.
Ankara has accused Greek authorities of constructing a army presence in violation of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne and the 1947 Paris Treaty, which assure the islands’ unarmed standing.
Erdoğan acknowledged that he was “not joking” and even posted tweets in each Greek and English in a marked harshening of rhetoric towards Turkey’s neighbour and historic regional rival.
“This nation is decided,” the Turkish president mentioned on the ultimate day of army workouts close to Izmir.
Greece has acknowledged that the islands — positioned inside putting distance of a big Turkish touchdown fleet — can’t be left undefended and have been garrisoned for many years.
Whereas the 2 nations are NATO allies, they’ve lengthy engaged in disputes over migration, maritime borders and mineral exploration within the jap Mediterranean.
Greece maintains Turkey has intentionally misinterpreted worldwide treaties and says it has authorized grounds to defend itself towards hostile actions by Ankara.
After Erdoğan determined to tweet in Greek, a authorities spokesperson in Athens described it as “notable”.
“Greek is called the language of cause, freedom and justice,” Giannis Oikonomou mentioned. “The techniques Turkey has chosen don’t fall beneath any of those classes.”
Oikonomou had earlier mentioned that Greece was coping with Turkish “provocations” with “calm and willpower.”
Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras even replied to Erdoğan in Turkish.
“Greece will defend its sovereignty towards all types of threats,” he wrote on Twitter. “Let’s finish the provocation and get again to dialogue on the premise of worldwide legislation.”
Final month, Erdoğan mentioned he would cease speaking to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, after feedback the Greek chief made throughout a visit to the US.
“I believe we’re nonetheless very removed from that time, removed from the stress we had in the summertime of 2020,” Mitsotakis mentioned in reference to a time when tensions flared between Greece and Turkey over fuel exploration rights within the jap Mediterranean.
“At this time, everybody wants to indicate restraint,” he mentioned, commenting on tensions between Athens and Ankara, “particularly at a time when we face a really large problem at NATO with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We have to be united.”