Greece will pay a “high price” if it continues to violate Turkish airspace, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
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Turkey raises its voice. Greece will pay a “high price” if it continues to violate Turkish airspace, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Saturday, September 3. The latter also criticizes the Greeks for “harass” Turkish aircraft in the Aegean Sea.
On Sunday Ankara said that Turkish planes on a mission in this area had been targeted by the Greek S-300 air defense system and denounced a “hostile action”. “Hey Greece, look at the story. If you continue, you will pay a high price”said the Turkish president during a meeting in the Black Sea region. “We have a word for Greece: don’t forget Izmir”referring to the city in the Aegean that the Greeks call Smyrna.
The occupation of Smyrna by Greece, to which it was assigned by a treaty from the end of the First World War that Turkey never recognized, ended when the Turks took it back in 1922. “Your occupation of the islands [de la mer Egée proches de la Turquie] it does not bind us in any way. When the time comes, we will do what is necessary. We can arrive suddenly at night “launched the Turkish president, using a formula often used when talking about launching an operation in Syria.
Athens accuses Turkish planes of flying over Greek islands near the Turkish border, and the dispute between the two enemy neighbors results in frequent patrols. For its part, Ankara denounces the presence of troops on these islands, contrary, according to Turkey, to the peace treaties signed after the two world wars.
In June, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that if Athens continued to send troops to the islands, Ankara would challenge Greek sovereignty. Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke off dialogue with Greece after accusing Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of campaigning against US arms sales to Turkey.