Erdoğan threatens to invade Greek islands ‘overnight’ – EURACTIV.com
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Greece to stop “militarizing” Turkey’s neighboring Greek islands and warned that Turkish forces could come “at night”.
The threat comes after tensions between the two neighbors have escalated in recent months.
“We can come suddenly in the middle of the night [..] If you Greeks go too far, the price will be high,” Erdoğan said in a statement seen by Athens as a serious escalation.
According to the Greek Defense Ministry, Turkey has increased its violations of Greek airspace, particularly through the use of drones such as Βayraktar, which are also used in Ukraine.
Kathimerini reported that at least half of the violations of Greek airspace in 2022 involved drones.
Leave a Comment Erdoğan’s statement Angelos Syrigos, a legislator of rightUling New Democracy Party and professor of international politics, said the statement “We will come suddenly at night” refers to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.
“No other leader moves at such a pace of threat for so many weeks […] ErdoğansThe message was, “Pay attention because we are ready,” Syrigos said.
Officially, the Greek Foreign Ministry said it would not endorse Ankara’s aggressive rhetoric and made it clear that allies in the EU and NATO would be informed accordingly.