Erdogan, warnings to Greece about the violation

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photo source: Ekathimerini.

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If Greece continues to violate Turkish airspace and “harass” Turkish planes in the Aegean Sea, it will pay a “high price”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Saturday, according to Agerpres, which quotes AFP.

Last Sunday, Ankara claimed that Turkish planes on a mission in this area were targeted by Greece’s S-300 air defense system and denounced a “hostile action”.

“Greece, look at history. If you continue like this, you will pay a high price”, declared the Turkish president during a rally in the Black Sea region. “We have something to say to Greece: don’t forget Izmir,” he added, referring to the city in the Aegean Sea that the Greeks call Smyrna.

Greece’s occupation of Smyrna, to which it was granted in a treaty at the end of World War I that Turkey never recognized, ended when the Turks retook it in 1922.

“Your occupation of some islands (in the Aegean Sea, near Turkey – no) does not bind us in any way. At the right time, we will do what is necessary. We can arrive suddenly at night,” he said, repeating a formula often used when talking about launching an operation in Syria.

Athens accuses Turkish planes of flying over Greek islands near the border with Turkey, and the dispute between the two enemy neighbors means frequent patrols.

Ankara, instead, denounced the presence of troops in this island, which, according to Turkey, would be contrary to the peace treaties signed after the First World War and after the Second World War.

In June, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that if Athens continued to send troops to the islands, Ankara would challenge Greece’s sovereignty.