Ankara went back on the offensive, with the country’s defense minister accusing Athens of deceit and hypocrisy in the wake of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ meeting in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again targeted Greece and Athens’ positions on Friday but this time refrained from questioning the sovereignty of the Greek islands and talking about a military operation.
Τhe increasing threat posed by Turkish UAVs, which have spearheaded Ankara’s provocations in the Aegean in recent months, has become a focal point of the attention not only of the Hellenic Armed Forces, but also of foreign policy.
Sources within the Turkish Defense Ministry claim that Greek fighter jets locked on to Turkish F-16s while they were conducting NATO operations in the East Mediterranean on Tuesday. According to the claims made by Ankara, Greek fighters attempted to obstruct the Turkish planes.
The Abdulhamid Han, Turkey’s newest drilling vessel, will begin its first so-called research trip on August 9 from the country’s southern port of Mersin. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself will announce the drilling vessel’s destination in a ceremony before the sailing.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis “is following an expansive and aggressive policy” and is “threatening the peace and stability of the region with his maximalist policy for the Eastern Mediterranean,” the spokesperson of Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Omer Celik, said on Friday, in a personal attack on the prime minister.