“hey Greece, remember the story. If you go further, you will pay dearly,” RT Erdogan said during a rally in the Black Sea region.
Turkey has been complaining about Athens’ “provocative actions” in recent months.
These neighboring countries, which both belong to NATO, have long-standing unresolved disputes over sea and air borders. As a result, air force patrols and interception missions take place on an almost daily basis, mostly around the Greek islands off the coast of Turkey.
Athens accuses Ankara of flying over Greek islands.
Turkey claims that Greece is deploying troops on the Aegean islands in violation of peace treaties signed after the world wars. RT Erdogan angrily accused Greece of “occupying” these islands on Saturday.
“We have only one thing to say to Greece: don’t forget Izmir (Smirna in Greek),” he said, referring to the end of the Greek occupation when Turkish forces entered the city on the Aegean coast in 1922.
“When the time comes, we will do what is necessary. As we say, we can come suddenly one night,” he added, using a phrase often repeated in reference to the operation in neighboring Syria.
In June, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara would dispute the islands’ ownership with Greece if it continued to send troops there.
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