x

Politics

Red Lines, Gray Zones: Greece’s Standoff with Turkey Turns Purple

February 22, 2022

ATHENS – After drawing and withdrawing Red Lines that Turkey couldn’t cross, then did – the pulled back, Greece and its neighbor have fallen into a battle disputing sovereignty, peppered with belligerent talk.

Greece’s New Democracy government was said to getting more anxious, however, that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan will take his often bellicose talk even further, after warning he would act if Greek troops aren’t taken off islands near Turkey’s coast.

In a report, Kathimerini said that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ administration is worried about the renewed violations of Greek airspace by Turkish fighter jets, after Erdogan said he would also send an energy research vessel and warship around Greek islands to hunt for oil and gas.

Turkey claims territories in what it also called Gray Zones, including uninhabited and small islands to the larger islands of the Eastern Aegean, and also said it would be a cause for war if Greece extends its sea limits from 6 to 12 miles, with distances far less than that between Turkey and some Greek islands.

With Greece building an international alliance against Turkish provocations, Erdogan has turned to trying to improve relations with Israel – a key in Greece’s reachout – while Turkey railed against Greece buying French and US warships and fighter jets.

Turkey is also closing a diplomatic gap with the United Arab Emirates, which had stuck by Greece’s side, leaving only Egypt – another Greek partner – with whom Erdogan hasn’t sought rapprochement.

With Turkish drones taking on a new presence in the skies between the countries, Greece is said readying for cyber warfare as well and speed creation of a system that will utilize Artificial Intelligence under a project called Thorax as a counter.

RELATED

For Hellenes and Philhellenes, there are a variety places, sentiments, and ideas that draw them to different parts of the Hellenic world.

Top Stories

Columnists

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

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

10 Years after Armed Standoff with Federal Agents, Bundy Cattle are Still Grazing Disputed Rangeland

BUNKERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — The words “Revolution is Tradition” stenciled in fresh blue and red paint mark a cement wall in a dry river wash beneath a remote southern Nevada freeway overpass, where armed protesters and federal agents stared each other down through rifle sights 10 years ago.

JERUSALEM  — Booms and air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem early Sunday after Iran launched dozens of drones and ballistic missiles toward Israel in an unprecedented revenge mission that pushed the Middle East ever closer to a regionwide war.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors realize they will have a hard road to reach the playoffs.

The Ford Bronco initially was conceived and designed for rugged outdoorsy types, a two-door means of escape to nature from the bustling cities of mid-century America.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — LeBron James had 37 points — including six in the final minute — and 10 rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 36 points and 14 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 123-120 on Friday night.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

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