Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The US is afraid of an escalation in the Aegean Sea. Kammenos: If they (Turkey) land on a Greek island, how will they get off
According to information that has surfaced, the US have made an attempt to reduce the tensions in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey. A few days ago Washington seeked out a diplomatic access to Ankara in order to adopt a less aggressive stance towards Greece.
The military activity in the area is especially increased which worries the US government, as a possible confrontation between the two allied countries is against the American interests.
It is still not known what the Turkish response was to the US demonstrated interest, but the semiotics of this diplomatic move is evident
Defence Minister responds to Turkish Foreign Minister’s statements about Imia isles
In the latest of a series of aggressive statements between Greek and Turkish high ranking officials over the sovereignty of the Imia islands in the Aegean Sea, Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos responded to Turkey’s Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu’s threat that Turkey could set foot on the isle whenever it wanted. In a interview on Skai TV Sunday, Mr. Kammenos said: “There is no way Cavusoglu can step onto a Greek island. If they want to they can see. I’ll see how they will get off the island if they set foot there”.
Mr. Kammenos said that any kind of provocation by Turkey will be answered by Greece, adding that the Greek public can rest assured that the Greek armed forces can deal with any threat.
Commenting on the provocative stance by the Turks, Mr. Kammenos said that their (Turkey’s) efforts to galvanise extreme right elements of the “Grey Wolves” party and take them into the fold of the government is a dangerous tactic for the region. “The staged provocations by the Turks produce hilarity”, he said.
Mr. Kammenos’s response comes on the heels of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias’s reply to his Turkish counterpart on Saturday. The Greek Foreign Ministry issued a strong statement against the Turkish Foreign Minister hinting that Turkey was abandoning western cultural values and regressing to Ottoman-style politics.