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Editorial

The Turkish Nuclear Plant, a Deadly Danger for Greece-Cyprus

It is more than tragic that the day after Alexis Tsipras sent his party’s youth against a police station, which almost cost the life of a police officer – and in the midst of the pandemic – the Turkish President announced that his country is making a leap to join the "group of countries that produce nuclear energy."

Turkey is not in a position to do it on its own. Russia will build it for them.

"This is an agreement – a 'symbol of Turkish-Russian cooperation,'" Erdogan said.

Russia will therefore build Turkey's first nuclear plant in the Mediterranean region.

Erdogan attributes the urgency of building the nuclear plant to the need to provide the energy his country requires. Nuclear power, he says, is a “strategic step” for Turkey.

The Turkish President said that the first nuclear reactor will begin to operate in 2023 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the modern Turkish state.

This news should sound the alarm in Greece and the Hellenic world.

There could be no worse development for the future of the country than this.

Today, Erdogan attributes the establishment of the nuclear plant to his desire to secure Turkey's future in the energy sector. No problem with that. The problem is that tomorrow, having created this infrastructure, the road that will separate it from the production of nuclear weapons will not be long.

Along with the infrastructure for the production of energy, without any doubt, it will also build the infrastructure for the production of nuclear weapons.

What this means for the security of Greece and Cyprus, everyone can understand.

What should Greece do?

Greece has no choice but to proceed with the construction of a nuclear plant itself. The cost, of course, is huge.

Nevertheless, it can in no way expose itself to the opportunities for blackmail the Turkish nuclear plant will ‘generate’ – the mere threat of possible nuclear attacks is unacceptable.

The construction of the nuclear plant should not only concern Greece and Cyprus.

It must concern the entire West and, above all, the U.S. – and Israel.

To those who could not or did not see what he was up to, Erdogan took care to reveal himself to them.

The purchase of the S-400s from Russia was a first step in his cooperation with Putin, but also proof that he would clash with the West if necessary, in order to secure the Russians’ cooperation.

Turkey will invest about $20 billion in the construction of this nuclear plant and will retain about 99% of the ownership.

This is a completely unacceptable decision by a NATO country.

After this, Turkey must be expelled from NATO. Unless the country has already decided to leave the Western Military Alliance on its own and, in cooperation with Russia, to try to revive the Ottoman empire.

Undoubtedly, the Biden government will think about it ten times before allowing Turkey to join the ‘nuclear club.’ It will be like opening the Sack of Aeolus. The Pandora’s Box of potential evils.

When Washington refuses to allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, on what basis can it allow Turkey to acquire them and in addition, to hand over the keys of the plant to Russia? And even if Russia wakes up and does not cooperate in the move from nuclear energy to nuclear weapons – Turkey’s friends in nuclear Pakistan could lend a hand once the Russians build the foundations for Ankara.

The danger facing Greece is more than visible.

So the country will either have to give up its childish habits – most recently exhibited by Tsipras – and work hard not to expose itself to mortal danger – perhaps aided by Israel and India – or it will remain an observer of events in a game that will determine its fate.

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