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Turkey’s Defense Chief Ramps Up More Threats Against Greece

ATHENS – Turkey’s Defense Minister marked the 100th anniversary of a major counterattack against Greece forces in Anatolia to warn another defeat looms for Greece if tensions between them lead to a conflict.

He told the Turkish daily newspaper in an interview at the offices where  Mustafa Kemal Ataturk ordered the decisive offensive that there’s a lesson in history from that that Greece should remember.

“This headquarters speaks for itself. In these days when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the great victory, we say clearly to Greece that, you saw how painful was the price of the adventure that began a century ago. We strongly recommend that you learn from history and avoid new adventures that will lead to disappointment,” he said.

Akar repeated Turkey’s claims that Greek fighter jets harassed Turkish aircraft that were conducting NATO exercises together with American aircraft in the Aegean Sea, which Greece has denied.

Akar has been a political attack dog against Greece for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has intensified belligerent talk but backed away from a pledge to sent an energy research ship into Greek waters, putting it off Turkey’s coast.

Akar and other Turkish officials keep demanding that Greece also remove troops from islands near Turkey’s coast, those ceded away under the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne that Turkey doesn’t recognize but cited in this case.

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