ATHENS – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn’t letting up his attacks on Greece in disputing the sovereignty of the seas and demands Greece take troops off Aegean islands near Turkey’s coast, firing another warning shot.
“Don’t mess with us. We have no has warned Greece against provocations in the Aegean Sea,” he said in stepping up his provocations, Turkish media reported after he claimed that Greek fighter jets tried to interfere with a NATO training mission over the sea.
“They did some crazy things in the Aegean again. Of course, we also did what was necessary,” Erdogan said without explaining what that was, continuing the feud between the two NATO allies.
He repeated his now well-worn threat of an invasion that Greece has largely set aside as pre-election rhetoric as he faces a tough battle in 2023, as does Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also going to the polls.
Erdogan recently added that Turkey has short-range ballistic missiles that could hit Athens in 7.6 minutes, and Greece is also trying to develop defenses for Turkey’s lethal drones that have proved effective in wars.