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Greece Expects More Turkish Provocations, Military Test

March 18, 2020

ATHENS – Turkey pulled back thousands of refugees and migrants it sent to the border but Greece is still girding for more likely pushes, including military aggression and propaganda aided by social media to spread fake news.

Greek authorities expect a pressure campaign from Turkey, said Kathimerini, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan temporarily retreated from the northern land border but could still attempt to flood Greek islands with refugees and migrants.

Turkey has kept sending fighter jets to violate Greek airspace and sea boundaries in the Aegean and East Mediterranean are being tested and Turkish hackers had previously broken into some top-level government sites in Greece.

Turkish state-controlled media is depicting an image of Greece as a country that is provocatively trying to deny Turkey its “natural” rights in the Balkans and the seas, pumping up nationalism, the paper said.

Greece is bracing for a possible two-front assault on the northern land border and Greek islands from refugees and migrants Turkey could send to further violate an already essentially-suspended 2016 swap deal with the European Union.

One such scenario involves a cross-border incident at the northern Evros River land border at the same time as an operation in the Aegean, on the pretext of a search and rescue operation for migrants that could see Turkey try to seize uninhabited islands.

Turkey earlier signed a maritime deal with Libya dividing the seas between them and claiming waters off Greek islands, with Erdogan saying he plans to send drillships off Crete to hunt for oil and gas as Turkey is already doing in Cypriot waters, defying international law.

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