Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to clarify his position with respect to the “antics of his junior coalition partner.” On a post on Twitter Mitsotakis asked Erdogan whether the map showing the islands of Crete, Rhodes, Lesvos, Chios and Samos, among others, are Turkey’s official policy.
“Take a good look at this map. Crete, Rhodes, Lesvos, Chios, Samos all consumed by Turkey. Α fever dream of extremists or Turkey’s official policy? Another provocation or the true goal?
President Erdogan must make his position clear on his junior coalition partner’s latest antics,” Mitsotakis said on a Twitter post on Monday.
Take a good look at this map. Crete, Rhodes, Lesvos, Chios, Samos all consumed by Turkey. Α fever dream of extremists or Turkey’s official policy? Another provocation or the true goal?
President Erdogan must make his position clear on his junior coalition partner's latest antics. pic.twitter.com/hX4sSZ924j
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) July 11, 2022
Mitsotakis’ stern response comes two days after Erdogan’s junior partner, far-right nationalist Devlet Bechseli, the leader of neo-fascist MHP, presented a map depicting the islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea and Crete as “Turkish territory.”
Nationalist Devlet Bahceli (MHP) presented on Saturday a map of Turkey’s revisionist plan called “Blue Motherland” extended to a new extreme, claiming as Turkish half of the Aegean Sea including all islands and the whole of Crete.
The presentation took place at the headquarters of terrorist organization “Grey Wolves“, the militant wing of Behceli’s “Nationalist Movemnt Party” (MHP). The map was presented to Bahceli by Grey Wolves president Ahmet Yigit Yildirim as a …gift.
Commenting on the map on Sunday, diplomatic sources described it as a “particularly aggressive and provocative action” and “part of Turkey’s escalation of extreme rhetoric.”
“We expect the immediate categorical and public disapproval of this unacceptable act of questioning the territorial sovereignty of our country,” Greece’s diplomatic sources stressed.