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Kammenos sends stern message to Ankara from Greek army border outpost

TAGS: Defense, Diplomacy

Defense Minister Panos Kammenos on Thursday sought to send a stern message to Turkey and other countries questioning Greece's territorial integrity, declaring during a visit to military outpost near the Albanian border that Greece "will not accept such provocations" and saying he would stay the night at the outpost to underline the "fortified presence" of the Greek military.

In comments at the Molydoskepastos outpost which he visited with the commander of the General Chiefs of Staff Vassileios Tellidis, Kammenos said he wanted to "send a message and a response to all those who dare to question international treaties, international law and make provocative statements."

"If Erdogan wants to abolish the Treaty of Lausanne then we'll return to the Treaty of Sevres," Kammenos said, referring to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused Ankara of "trying to fuel tensions."

His comments came after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu referred to the eastern Aegean Imia islets as “Turkish soil.” Kammenos added that Turkey's "total enfeeblement" after a failed coup in July and its "constant losses" in Syria was leading its leaders to "stupid statements."

He also lashed out at Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and the latters' "historically inaccurate"  statements.

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