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Turkey names 14 Greek islands claiming to challenge their sovereignty

Turkey continued its provocative crescendo against Greece on Tuesday and its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu went so far to show maps and named 14 Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea for which Ankara wants to challenge the Greek sovereignty.

“Demilitarize the islands now or we will raise the issue of sovereignty,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with state-run news agency anadolu

He claimed that Greece is violating the terms of the treaties of Lausanne (1923) and of Paris (1947) and must proceed with their denationalization.

Otherwise, he warned, the debate over their sovereignty will begin.

It is not the first time Turkey brings up this issue, however, it is the first time Ankara presented a map of the islands Ankara claims it sees a “problem” and named all fourteen.

Greek islands for which Ankara claims it will challenge their sovereignty are: Samothrace, Lemnos, Lesvos, Psara, Samos, Patmos, Ikaria, Leros, Kos, Tilos, Karpathos, Kastelorizo, Rhodes and Symi.

Last week Greece sent a letter to United Nations in which it refuted one by one the “unhistorical” Turkish claims regarding the demilitarization of the eastern Aegean Sea in the context of the two Treaties.

Speaking to anadolu, Cavusoglu also claimed “Greek politicians believe that they will not be satisfied with their audience if they do not attack Turkey 5-10 times a day.”

Greece is not the only target of Erdogan’s Turkey next to Finland and Sweden aspiring to join the NATO: Its Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of France and Germany in Ankara to complain about recent rallies by supporters of Kurdish “PPK terror group” as the news agency reported.

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3 comments

  1. There seem to be no boundries for Erdogans madness!! Has he asked the people of these islands want they think? Opa, SORRY, forgot that he does not give a damn about anybody but himself… Lunatic!!!!

  2. If they remotely believe that Greece will never demilitarize the islands, they are even stupider than they look.

    If they can’t barbarically bully, all these traditional thieves can do is hissy fit and threaten like a bunch of Nancies.

    Instead, Greece should extend its maritime border in accordance to international law and start doing to their trespassing planes what they did to their old foe and new pal Russia’s, while hiding under NATO’s apron like typical cowards, or like when he had his trespassing ship’s tail torn off or was bounced off of Greece’s border when trying to weaponize illegal migrants.

    This brainless dictator has gone too far, too many times, the time to act is well overdue. Its time to prepare for cleaning things up, once and for all. This embezzling dictator needs to be put in his place once than just to be made to look like a fool once again.

    If they move 30,000 troops out of Cyprus, like a good NATO partner and EU prospect, perhaps Greece might consider demilitarizing the islands. Until then, the international community is laughing at the unhinged elliptic Gollum violating laws and treaties by trying to pirate during this day and age. They are fools, ignore them, and let them just try.

  3. PM Mitsotakis’ response:

    “I will not get involved in a game of personal characterizations with the Turkish president, I am not going to follow him. We have no intention of entering into a verbal confrontation,”

    We will not resort to acridity and personal name-calling. Our self-confidence stems from the strong allies we have, our strong deterrent capacity, and the belief that we have justice on our side.

    “Any attempt to violate sovereignty will be severely punished,” he said, adding: “We will not tolerate a new version of historical revision, the fantasy of lost empires.”