Tension rises between Turkey And Greece. Recep Erdogan accused Athens of militarizing the Greek islands near the Turkish coast, violating NATO treaties. “The encouragement of Greece – declared the Turkish president – which militarizes the Aegean islands is incompatible with logic and with the alliance. The policy of provocation and tension is not and will not be but an advantage for anyone ”.
This situation has been going on since the summer, with Greece regularly accused of “provocations military“In the Aegean. “Turkey – added Erdogan – does not accept the decision of the United States to lift the arms embargo on the Greek Cypriot administration in southern Cyprus. The encouragement shown to Greece, which is arming islands with non-military status in the Aegean, is incompatible with the reason and spirit of the Alliance. Greece refrains from provocations that could lead the country and its people to disaster ”.
Speaking of tense relations within NATO, Erdogan also reiterated that he will not approve the accession of Sweden and Finland until the promises made in Ankara are kept: “Until then our position of principle will not change”. In particular, the Turkish president refers to the request to Sweden not to host more Kurdish exponents whom in Ankara they consider terrorists.