Turkey’s patience ‘wearing thin’ – Erdogan — Analysis
Recep Tayyip Erdan warned that Ankara would respond to any Greek provocations in the Aegean.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Turkish official, said that Greece has been using Aegean Islands to harass Turkish military aircraft.
“When the time comes,”Turkey could “come suddenly one night”Erdogan stated that he would retaliate and held a press conference together with Bosnian and Herzegovina leaders during his trip to Balkan countries.
Erdogan claimed it was “not a good sign”Athens’ behavior was being blasted by Greek radars locking onto Turkish aircraft “threatening.”He accused Greece, too, of using military bases located on islands in the Aegean to attack Ankara. “If such illegitimate threats against us continue from there, [our] patience will end,”The president agreed.
“When the time comes, necessary actions will be taken,” Erdogan said. Erdogan did not specify the specific actions Turkey intends to take.
His words came as the Turkish Foreign Ministry sent a letter to 25 EU members, as well as the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in which it outlined the Turkish position on the tense situation in the Aegean Sea.
Athens was also accused in this letter of violating non-military status for the Eastern Aegean Island, as well other matters, and it was sent to Antonio Guterres (permanent member of UN Security Council) “unlawful actions,” Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported.
Turkey also accuses Greece of fabricating documents. “maximalist demands,”Ankara asserts that Ankara claimed 10 nautical miles worth of airspace, even though its territorial waters in Aegean Sea cover an area only 6 nautical miles away from any island.
Athens in the meantime blasted “the “outrageous daily slide”Ankara made threats. The Foreign Ministry of Turkey also pledged to bring up the Turkish statement issue with NATO.
Late August, Turkey claimed that Greece had locked its Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft defenses onto two Turkish aircraft while they flew above neutral waters. According to military sources, the incident was denied by Greece.