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Russian Foreign Minister: Turkish Expansionism Toward Greece Not Good
By Philip Chrysopoulos -
May 6, 2016
russian-foreign-minister-sergei-lavrov-1480478-2442014-ukraineThe Turkish expansionist tendencies and continued violations of Greek air space in conjunction with NATO’s tolerance are not good, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The Russian official gave an interview to Ria Novosti news agency where he spoke, inter alia, about the recent Turkish activity in the Aegean.
Lavrov said that Turkey shows “neo-Ottoman aspirations” and tries to channel their influence everywhere. Also, the tendencies to acquire new territories are particularly strong lately.
“Do you know how many times last year they violated the airspace of Greece? About 1,800 times!,” he told the Ria Novosti reporter. “And just in April 2016, over 200!” he added.
The Russian Foreign Minister also criticized NATO for not interfering, as both countries are members of the alliance. “In any case, neither Brussels, nor any of the NATO chief generals said a word; how is it that a member of the North Atlantic Alliance continually violates the air space of another member of the same coalition?” he said.
“Such tolerance in such an apparent expansionist behavior can not lead to anything good…” Lavrov stated.