Tension went high between Greece and Turkey on Sunday, after Ankara sent the Chief of General Staff and the top chiefs of the three Armed Forces to pay a visit to the highly disputed islet of Imia, a small uninhabited island in the Aegean Sea. The provocation took place two days after a Greek Supreme Court rejected Turkey’s request to extradite eight fugitive officers alleged involved in the failed coup of July 2016. Of high symbolism is also the fact that the Turkish provocation occurs two days before the 21st anniversary of the Imia Crisis in 1996 that brought the two neighboring countries on the verge of an armed conflict.
Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar on Jan. 29 paid a visit to the disputed Aegean islets of Kardak, the Turkish Armed Forces has announced.
Accompanied by the commanders of the land, naval and air forces, Akar sailed to the islets of the Kardak region with two assault boats after conducting inspections on ships belonging to the Aksaz Naval Base Command, the military said in a statement.
The military quoted Akar as saying that Turkey had always regarded friendship and peace in all of its activities in the Aegean in terms of the mission to prevent its interests in sea.
It also stated that the Turkish Armed Forces was continuing to increase its efforts to prevent “attempts against the nation’s rights and interests.”
During his visit, Akar also noted that the Turkish military was an effective, dissuasive and prestigious power in the region, according to the statement.
Quoting the statement of the Turkish General staff, all Turkish media claim with flashing headlines that “Turkey’s top soldier visits Aegean islets of Kardak.” Kardak is the name Turkey gives to the islets of Imia in an another effort to claim sovereignty over several islets and islands in the Aegean Sea.
Some Turkish media even report that the Turkish Generals were not met with “resistance” from the Greek side.
The media reports are accompanied from pictures released by the Turkish General Staff showing the Top soldier and his entourage proudly posing on board of a vessel of the Turkish Navy with Imia in the far …background.
Because no Turkish Top or less Top soldier, commander or commando would dare to set foot on either of the two islets Ankara has put on the dispute agenda since 1996.
The Turkish soldiers performed their provocative visit on Sunday morning, two days before the 21st anniversary of the Imia conflict and two days after the Greek Supreme Court ruled against the extradition of 8 Turkish Officers who sought asylum in the neighboring country in an effort to escape Erdogan’s mass persecutions after the failed coup in July 2016.
Gunboat HS Krataios of the Greek Navy rushed to Imia and called on the Turkish vessel to leave the area.
The incident ended within minutes, the Turkish vessel with the Top entourage on broad left the area.
The Greek Navy remains in the area.
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But the purpose of the provocative ‘visit’ was fulfilled: Several shots of pictures and false claims enough to have Athens on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
According to Turkish media, General Akar even flew with a helicopter over the disputed islets.
The visit is claimed to have lasted half an hour.
No, the video below does not show General Akar and the other generals setting foot on the islet of Imia. They just get off board on the Turkish port of Bodrum.
The video has been shot by state-run Anadolu News Agency
Several pictures of the almost visit were later uploaded on the official website of the Turkish Armed Forces.
Hours later, the Turkish Minister of Defense said it was a “routine visit.”
Sole purpose: to provoke
The visit of the Turkish top brass was well thought and executed with the sole purpose to provoke Greece. Soime video shot by other Turkish news agencies is entitled Second Crisis in Kardak (IMIA)
The islets, Imia in Greek and Kardak in Turkish, are two small uninhabited rocks in the Aegean Sea, situated between the Greek island chain of the Dodecanese and the southwestern mainland coast of Turkey. Greece and Turkey nearly went to war over the islets in 1996 in an escalation that saw both sides embarking on a military landing on an islet each.
Imia in Greek or Kardak in Turkish is a pair of two small uninhabited islets in the Aegean Sea, situated between the Greek island chain of the Dodecanese and the southwestern mainland coast of Turkey.
They lie 5.5 nautical miles east of the Greek island Kalymnos, 2.5 nmi southeast of the nearest small Greek islet, Kalolimnos, and 3.8 nmi west of the coast of the Turkish peninsula of Bodrum.
Imia/Kardak was the object of a military crisis and subsequent dispute over sovereignty between Greece and Turkey in 1996. The Imia-Kardak dispute is part of the larger Aegean dispute, which also comprises disputes over the continental shelf, the territorial waters, the air space, the Flight Information Regions (FIR) and the demilitarization of the Aegean islands.
In the aftermath of the Imia/Kardak crisis, the dispute was also widened, as Turkey began to lay parallel claims to a larger number of other islets in the Aegean. Recently Turkey claimed that 16 to 18 Greek islands were Turkish.
Beginning of December Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed that Imia was Turkish Territory.
Some Turkish MP even claimed that he would take down the Greek flag from the islands in the Aegean.
These islands, some of them inhabited, are regarded as indisputably Greek by Greece but as grey zones of undetermined sovereignty by Turkey.
In a rare intervention, the European Commission backed the Greek side on the Imia dispute, and warned EU-candidate country Turkey to refrain from any kind of threat or action directed against the sovereignty of EU member state Greece.
But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the whole political and military establishment of Ankara is furious at Greece and the Supreme Court decision. Furthermore Erdogan is under immense pressure by the Kemalist opposition which accuses him of having handed over the 16 islands to Greece – although the Kemalists seem to insist of something that has never taken place as these Greek islands were handed over to Greece by the Italian occupator in 1948.
BTW: Some mean Greeks wonder what the NATO Naval Force was doing when the Turkish military vessel entered Greek Territorial waters without permission.
The answer is simple: both Greece and Turkey are partners in NATO and moreover the duty of NATO force in the Aegean is to chase refugees and migrants from illegally entering Greece, not Turks.
The answer is simple: it is the duty of the cowardly Quislings here (Alex I mean you and your lot) to serve their masters. And their masters have banned them from annoying the Turks in anything they do, even if it is an invasion.
Silly Supreme Court of Greece. What were you expecting? Do you really think you will get away with such a foolish act? Fortunately we have other ways of convincing you to hand over traitors.
wowwwwwwwww you are so convincing us hahahahahahaha you stupid faggots go back to mongolia from which you came from. what do you think that you are a turk? turkey is more mixed than a salad hahahahaha Armenia+kurds+Greeks+Mongolians+Bulgaria+Yugoslavia+Albanians (original turks) you are nothing you cannot even shave ours balls…. we do not afraid of dying!!!!!! we will give you a living hell!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU DARE COME AND FIGHT!!!!!!!!! YOU FUCKING PUPPET OF ERDOGAN he is a stupid tyrant and he has nothing to show you and he sends a ship to a Greek island and leaves after 30 minutes? hahahaha that’s it?? and let me ask you mother fucker,,,, you say that these island is yours…. why the hell you maggot you leave after we come? and why the hell we remain there for more than 2 hours???? if it was yours shouldn’t you stay there to “defend it?” you have no idea of what you are talking about… ur president is playing with ur souls u want a war? come we welcome a war with you besides it is time to take back what u did and law protected u all these years… come make it official make a war u mongol!!!! u are so dumb that you can believe that u can prevail a war to us? HAHAHAHAHA the fucking germans were overpowered and they didnt manage to win us and you with ur gupsy president and silly weapons of urs u think u can take us???? well then be our guests…. this is why we were borned anyway to WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR we are fucking Dorians and its they only time you see me beg…. PLEASEEEEEEEEEE turkey DECLARE A WAR TO US!!!!!!!!! come u fucking chickens
Idiot… You Greek people are so funny. You’re broke bro, fucking destitute. You got nothing. Istanbul is bigger than your country on its own. Believe me no one in Turkey take Greece serious as you’re small piece of shit. We fucking drove you out from our mainland, took your Constantinople and convert it into ISTANBUL. WE INVADED CYPRUS IN TWO DAYS AND DIDN’T ENCOUNTER ANY RESISTANCE YOU COWARDS. We’re still occupying an EU territory and what you guys can do? You can’t challange us. Law protects us? Jesus… Moron, what you got? You neither have troops nor war machines nor money. You wanna check out inventory of our armed forces? Numbers of active and reserve personel? We fucking producing our own weapons get your shit up. And we’re fighting with lots of countries and terrorist organizations JUST BY OUR OWN. We’re occupying Syria now, you think we can’t do same to your moronic country? Fuck off moron. You would drown in our spit. Weak fucking Greeks. Week as fuck.
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Mr turk ,please grow a brain,Greek island’s belong to Greece,you say we have no money ,what makes you so special… Dynamite comes in small packages, you say you have taken Constantinople ,why do brag about something that does not belonged to you,ancient Greeks wrote the Bible for people like you to read and educated your self,to leave Gods people alone ,you brag about weapons and power,Jews have power to ,but an like you Turks ,Jews have brains.be careful my Turkish friend you may get what you ask for.