Turkey Warns Greece Against Militarizing Aegean Islands

Turkey on Thursday warned Greece against the militarization of Aegean islands, and threatened to challenge the status of the islands if Athens did not act “in accordance with the international agreements.”    

Speaking at a ceremony in the EFES-2022 military exercise in Turkey Izmir province, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis that “you can’t get anywhere with this,” referring to the militarization of Islands.

Erdogan also accused some Greek politicians of making statements that are far from reality and in contrast with the law.

However, Erdogan did not mention any names but said that Greece is acting as if it is making touristic landings on the Aegean islands.

Erdogan said Turkey will not hesitate to use its power based on international agreements in order to categorically preserve its rights in the Aegean Sea.

“We have no interest in violating anyone’s rights and laws, and we expect the same,” Erdogan said, calling on Athens to avoid provocative actions.

Meanwhile, Erdogan spoke about the ongoing fight against PKK/YPG groups, saying Turkey would make all-out efforts to protect its borders with Syria from terrorists.

Erdogan said there is no room for terrorists alongside Turkey’s borders.

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