Turkish President Erdogan threatens unwanted ‘night visit’ to Greece

Turkish President Erdogan threatens unwanted ‘night visit’ to Greece
Turkish President Erdogan threatens unwanted ‘night visit’ to Greece

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his threats against neighboring Greece on Tuesday. He again threatened that if Greece doesn’t get its act together, “we can always drop by there at night.” The Turkish president has used similar rhetoric before when he threatened a military operation in Syria and Iraq.

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The statements come in response to the violations of Turkish airspace that Turkey has accused the Greeks of. Greek air defense systems over the Aegean are said to target Turkish warplanes, which Greece denies.

Last weekend, Erdogan also accused NATO ally Greece of occupying demilitarized islands in the Aegean Sea. Turkey believes that islands in the east of the Aegean are being armed, which would be a violation of previous treaties. Even then, Erdogan threatened that Greece would pay a heavy price if it continues with what he considers violations of Turkish airspace. Greece argues that the soldiers are in position to repel ships approaching from Turkey’s western coast.

Tensions between Greece and Turkey have been escalating recently over a series of disputes, with mutual accusations of violations of each other’s airspace being the most sensitive issue. In 2020, a military confrontation between the two countries could only be narrowly avoided. At the time, a dispute over drilling for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean was central.

Erdogan leaves on Tuesday for a three-day trip to the Balkans.

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