We can come suddenly, even at night. Greece is no match for us, Erdogan threatens

We can come suddenly, even at night. Greece is no match for us, Erdogan threatens
We can come suddenly, even at night. Greece is no match for us, Erdogan threatens

“Greece has to think about what kind of relations it wants with Turkey. As I say, one night we can come,” the Turkish president said ahead of a three-day trip to the Balkans, during which he will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia from Tuesday, accompanied by a business delegation. Its topic should be, among other things, new contracts in the Serbian energy sector, wrote the pro-government Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah.

On Monday, after a cabinet meeting in Ankara, Erdogan said on television that Greece was no match for Turkey politically, economically or militarily. On the same day, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu also stated that the refugee camp near Athens is a base for terrorists, which Greece then sends to Turkey to carry out attacks. Athens called it lies and another provocation by Ankara.

The long-strained Greek-Turkish relations between the two historic rivals and NATO allies were once again sharpened by the Turkish president’s rhetoric over the weekend, when he declared that Greece would pay a high price if it continued to violate Turkish airspace in the Aegean Sea with its planes.

The Greek daily Kathimerini wrote on Tuesday that Turkish drones violated Greek territory a day earlier when they flew over the island of Kinaros.

Some Greek islands in the Aegean Sea are very close to Turkey, and the two countries have long accused each other of encroaching on space and violating international law. The relations between Greece and Turkey in recent years have also been clouded by migration from Turkey to Greece and mining exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, including in the area of ​​Cyprus, which is divided into Greek and Turkish parts.

On Sunday, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) also criticized Erdogan’s statements on Saturday. “One of the goals of the Czech EU presidency is to strengthen the dialogue between the EU and Turkey. Unacceptable threats against one of the EU members, such as those addressed to Greece in recent public appearances by President Erdogan, are very harmful in this regard,” the ministry wrote on Twitter.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell expressed “serious concerns” over Erdogan’s latest remarks. “Threats and aggressive rhetoric are unacceptable and must be stopped,” the spokesman added, calling for a peaceful settlement of the Greek-Turkish disputes in full respect of international law.

Europe has itself to blame for the sanctions, says Erdogan

The president of the country, which is officially on the side of the attacked Ukrainians in the war between Ukraine and Russia, also commented on the current energy crisis. At the same time, he accused Europe of having itself to blame.

According to Erdogan, the European nations are “reaping what they have sown”, he said, referring to the sanctions that the West has imposed on Russia in the last six months. “Europe’s approach to Mr. Putin, its sanctions, has brought Mr. Putin — intentionally or unintentionally — to the point where he says, ‘If you do this, I’ll do that,'” Erdogan opined.

“He uses all his resources and weapons. Natural gas is, unfortunately, one of them,” he added. He thus repeated the attitude that Russia itself is stamping. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the faucets of the Nord Stream gas pipeline to Germany stopped precisely because of the sanctions imposed on Russia.

The article is in Czech

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