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Turkey warns Greece of ‘heavy price’ over island ‘occupations’: report

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a harsh warning to Greece, saying the nation would pay a “heavy value” if it continued to “harass” Turkish planes. 

Erdogan spoke throughout a rally within the Black Sea area, telling these in attendance to “take a look at historical past.”

“When you go additional, you’ll pay a heavy value,” he mentioned of Greece. “We now have one factor to say to Greece: Keep in mind Izmir,” he added, referring to the town Turkey “liberated” from Greece in 1922 as a part of its conflict of independence, in keeping with state-run outlet Anadolu Company. 

“When the time comes, we are going to do what is important,” he continued. “As we are saying, hastily, we are able to come in a single day.” 

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Erdogan’s feedback might have come as a response to a comment from Greek Protection Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos, who in June claimed that Turkey was “conscious” of the “heavy price” that Turkey confronted in army engagements with Athens. 

ANKARA, TURKIYE – JUNE 2 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks through the Excessive Faculty College students Analysis Venture Ultimate Competitors and Award Ceremony at Bestepe Peopleâs Congress and Tradition Middle in Ankara, Turkiye on June 2, 2022. 
((Photograph by Mustafa Kamaci/Anadolu Company by way of Getty Photos))

“It’s our capabilities that deter the opposite aspect from daring a army engagement, as a result of they know the heavy price that they’d be compelled to pay,” he advised the Manifesto newspaper. “Our armed forces are always vigilant, absolutely prepared and decisive.” 

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Turkey has accused Greece of stationing troops on islands within the Aegean in violation of peace treaties between the NATO neighbors. 

The Greek flag painted on a hill on Pserimos Island. Turkey claims Greece is violating international treaties by what it says is its militarization of its Islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.

The Greek flag painted on a hill on Pserimos Island. Turkey claims Greece is violating worldwide treaties by what it says is its militarization of its Islands within the jap Aegean Sea.
(Ali Balli/Anadolu Company by way of Getty Photos.)

“Your occupation of the islands doesn’t bind us,” Erdogan mentioned.

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Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in June indicated that his nation would problem any Greek claims over the islands in the event that they continued stationing troops all through the area, the AFP reported. 

In this photo provided by Turkish Presidency, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, talks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, March 13, 2022. Mitsotakis is in Istanbul to talk with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a rare meeting between the neighbors who have been at odds over maritime and energy issues, the status of Aegean islands and migration. (Turkish Presidency via AP)

On this picture offered by Turkish Presidency, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, talks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan throughout their assembly in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, March 13, 2022. Mitsotakis is in Istanbul to speak with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a uncommon assembly between the neighbors who’ve been at odds over maritime and power points, the standing of Aegean islands and migration. (Turkish Presidency by way of AP)
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However Panagiotopolous insisted that Greece has not lower off “channels of communication,” however famous that “dialogue shouldn’t be per aggressive rhetoric and provocative habits.” 

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“The Turkish president wants to know that  … [Greece] won’t lower corners within the protection of its sovereign rights,” the minister mentioned. 

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