x

Politics

After More Threats, Greece Says Erdogan Revising 1922 War History

ATHENS – Adding to growing belligerent outbursts, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his country’s victory in the 1922 war with Greece to lambast what he called “despicable Greeks,” drawing fire from Greece’s government.

New Democracy spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said the war references during a time when Turkey said it would be a cause for war if Greece doubled its maritime boundaries to 12 miles showed Erdogan trying to make history fit his notions.

Oikonomou said that Erdogan “has chosen to distort history in order to serve his revisionist narrative. Greece, on the contrary, in its long history, has been writing history,” and will defend itself.

He said that “Greece, whenever necessary, knows perfectly well how to defend its rights, vigorously and effectively,” after Erdogan complained about Greece building an arsenal and making foreign alliances and mutual defense pacts.

Oikonomou said Greece can engage allies and  international law – which Turkey doesn’t always recognize – to counter any aggression or provocations as Turkish fighter jets keep violating Greek air space.

“Our allies are on our side, justice is on our side; and we can effectively deter challenges to our rightful claims,” Oikonomou added, said Kathimerini in a report over the ongoing verbal duels.

Speaking on the occasion of the centenary of the Greek-Turkish war, Erdogan celebrated the “great attack” of the Turks against the Greeks, whom he presented as “pawns” in the service of “treacherous” foreign powers in 1922.

Erdogan’s nationalist ally and governmental partner Devlet Bahceli ramped up tensions when he referred to an alleged incident of Greek missile defense systems locking on to Turkish fighter jets in the Aegean, which Greece denied.

“Stop pursuing this madness,” said Bahceli about the Greek government, calling on Athens to “get it together” or face consequences far worse than the Asia Minor Campaign in 1922, the report added.

RELATED

ATHENS - While Greece's New Democracy government has kept wraps on a parliamentary probe into a phone bugging scandal and alleged use of spyware, a Reporters Without Borders mission will push for answers.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Two Boats Carrying Refugees Sink Off Greek Islands, 17 Dead

MYTILENE - Villagers on the Greek island of Kythira rushed to help pull refugees and migrants to safety after a sailboat struck rocks and sank, saving 80 but at least 15 are missing.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.