Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Turkey of “intimidation” on Saturday after a possible escalation of tensions between the two countries occurred when Ankara accused Athens of firing on a ship in international waters in the north. of the Aegean Sea.
Mitsotakis has assured that Greece will not give in to threats. “Regarding Turkey’s provocative crescendo, I will say one thing: our response is our vigilance, the strengthening of our Army and our prosperous economy, as well as our international alliances and our adherence to International Law,” he explained, according to the report. Greek newspaper ‘Kathimerini’.
“But, above all, the unity of our people,” the prime minister highlighted as the country’s strength. In this regard, he has asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stop with his “unhistorical arguments” and aggressive rhetoric.
Thus, he has warned that the Turkish rhetoric risks becoming an escalation that NATO cannot afford.
Greece says “no, Mr. Erdogan” to his country’s threats, the Greek prime minister said in a speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair, in the north of the country, where he addressed the situation of the nation in a general way.
Turkish public television (TRT) reported this Saturday that two Greek Coast Guard ships had fired “harassing shots” at a Turkish merchant ship, the ‘Anatolian’ in international waters of the Aegean Sea.
The ‘Anatolian’, flying the flag of Comoros, would have been attacked about 11 nautical miles from the Turkish island of Bozcaada. The Greeks “broke international law,” according to these sources. The Greek ships left the place when troops from the Turkish Coast Guard arrived and there are no casualties.
This incident is part of an increase in tension between the two countries. Turkey accuses Greece of “occupying” some demilitarized Aegean islands and of attaching an anti-aircraft missile system to Turkish warplanes, which Athens denies.
Source: Europa Press