Athens is sending a message of readiness and deterrent to Turkish challenges, making it clear that the Greek side is ready for any eventuality, having a business plan prepared by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense.
After all, in the last two days at the operational level, there has been intense mobility with the Deputy Minister of Defense, Alkiviadis Stefanis, touring Evros, the Chief of General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros visiting the Fleet Brigadier General and Lieutenant General, the Chief of Staff tours in units in Larissa and Trikala.
Leading government officials have adopted high-profile rhetoric similar to Turkish provocations over the past 24 hours, while Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, in an interview today, sent a stern message to Ankara that revisionists and “booming gray zones” could.
Strict Dendia message
“We are prepared to face any hostile action, no matter where it comes from. Of course, we have looked at many different scenarios, “he said. Mr. Dendias in an interview given to the newspaper “Ethnos”.
Specifically, on the issue of Turkish investigations near the Greek islands, Mr. Dendias pointed out: restriction. In addition, International Law is perfectly clear as to the islands, regardless of its vague invocations by many Turkish officials, who are simply exposing themselves: Article 121 of the Law of the Sea explicitly provides that islands, regardless of size, are full. zones, similar to the mainland “.
He added: “Let Turkey pay better attention to the Treaty of Lausanne and treat it with respect and without revisionism. Reviews and “grey zones” could boomerang on her. ”
Turkey’s efforts to ignore geography have not met
“As the Prime Minister has pointed out, from Evros to Kastelorizo and from Ereikousa to Gavdos, Greece will always defend its territorial integrity and security effectively and confidently.”
The Foreign Minister said that the delimitation of the maritime zones with all our neighbors, including Turkey, is a constant pursuit of our country, “applying what is provided in the pre-eminent legal text, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”
“Turkey’s efforts to ignore geography and its neighbors and to enforce fictitious rules of international law have no effect and have been condemned by the international community,” he said. “Let Turkey pay better attention to the Treaty of Lausanne and to treat it with respect and without revisionism “, as Greece does.
Akar: We want dialogue – We will defend our rights
At the same time, the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, He spoke of “mutual goodwill”, “respect” and “peaceful methods”, but made it clear that the Turkish armed forces were determined to defend the country’s rights.
“As Turkey and as an armed force, we want to solve all our problems in the Aegean, the eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus in accordance with international law. Based on what international law requires, good neighborly rules, mutual goodwill, respect, love, mutual goodness, using peaceful methods without provoking anyone in any way, without abusing anyone’s right.
This is our goal, our efforts, our intentions and our purpose. In this context, our representatives went to Athens twice on the basis of the agreement reached with my dear counterpart and we held a meeting there. When they came to Turkey, we met here. Similarly, we are waiting for our interlocutors in Ankara, “said Anadolu Agency.
“Everything we have done so far we have done and will continue to do. But on the other hand, we are absolutely determined and have the power to protect and defend the rights and interests of our 83 million citizens, the noble nation of Turkish democracy. I must also say this. This is not a threat or a challenge to anyone. We only say that on the one hand these problems can be solved by peaceful means and in the context of good neighborly relations and the meetings that take place and their continuation, will make a great contribution to this. On the other hand, we also say that as the Turkish Armed Forces, we are determined to defend our rights and interests and have the power to do so. Within this framework, if God wills, we will continue the talks with the honorable counterpart minister and if we can find a solution, we will be very happy. These are the results we would like. ”
In Evros, Alkiviadis Stefanis
In order to inspect the means and procedures for border surveillance and boost the morale of the Armed Forces personnel, Deputy Defense Minister Alkiviadis Stefanis paid visits to Formations, Units and Outposts and Guards in the area of responsibility on Thursday and Friday. Army Corps (SS).
In particular, the Undersecretary began his visit from Evros and the Shooting Range and Exercises “PETROTON” and “AETOS”, where he attended training shots and Regular Exercise.
He then went successively to the headquarters of the XXIII TTT and the 31st Motorized Brigade, where he held meetings with the Commanders of the Formations, which were also attended by the local Police Authorities.
He also visited the Center for Simulative Chambers, where he was informed about his activities.
Completing the program of visits on the first day, the Undersecretary went successively to the Surveillance Guards (EF) “126”, “1”, “2”, as well as to the Surveillance Observatory (EP) “GREEN DOOR”, where he inspected the construction work, expansion and strengthening of artificial barriers and defensive projects.
He also met with EL.AS executives. participating in joint operations with Army officers.
The Fleet Headquarters was visited by the Chief of General Staff
As Turkish provocation does not say stop, the Navy is currently putting a lot of emphasis on border surveillance and the prevention of multiple threats.
Thus, on Friday, the Chief of General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros, accompanied by the Chief of General Staff, Rear Admiral Stylianos Petrakis PN, visited the Fleet Headquarters (AS) at the Salamis Naval Base, where he was informed about the operational and operational activities of his company and training activities. condition of its units.
Addressing the personnel of the DP, the Chief of General Staff acknowledged the great effort made by all to maintain the high level of combat capability and operational availability of the Fleet’s units, despite the unfavorable fiscal situation.
In Thessaly, the Chief of General Staff
The Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Charalambos Lalousis, made a two-day visit (June 3 and 4) to the Area of Responsibility of the 1st ARMY / EU-OHQ / “ACHILLEAS”, accompanied by its commander, Lieutenant General Vassilios Papadopoulos.