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Editorial

Mitsotakis’ Response to Erdogan

Turkish President Erdogan continues opening fronts against Hellenism.

But we cannot blame him for at least one thing: that he does not warn us, that he does not announce his movements.

It started at the Presidential Palace of Greece, where he raised the issue of revision of the Treaty of Lausanne (July 24, 1923), a treaty that was the cornerstone on which peace between the two countries has been based since then.

He started the explorations for energy reserves, oil and natural gas, in Cyprus – where he continues – then he turned Aghia Sophia into a mosque and now he is trespassing in the most provocative way on the continental shelf of Greece with the research ship and the warships that accompany it.

A more blatant violation of the country's sovereignty could not have taken place. Political theorist Hans Morgenthau describes sovereignty as the "impenetrability" of the Nation.

Now, Erdogan raises another issue, not for the first time, but in a language that is also unacceptable and possibly message-bearing.

"We expect," he said two days ago, "that Greece will act logically, not as others push it, and put an end to policies that are similar to state terrorism against our brothers in Western Thrace."

Beware of the words he uses:… “state terrorism against our brothers”!

And Erdogan added:

"… We have no problem with anyone in terms of their faith," he said. "Everyone in this country can live safely, according to their religion."

But why, for example, does he forbid the opening of the Theological School in Halki?

Regarding the investigations he is conducting, he said that Turkey is "absolutely right in international maritime law and conferences,” and added that "Turkey will continue to protect its rights, using all means."

“Turkey,” Erdogan continued, "will never allow robbery on its continental shelf, nor will it back down due to sanctions or threats."

He added: "We will never hesitate to respond to the slightest inconvenience of our ship."

I do not think anyone disputes that he means what he says.

However, the response of the Prime Minister of Greece could not have been more telling: He visited the Air Force base in Chania and was photographed with officers and a warplane.

Μολών λαβέ! (Come and take them!)

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