In a provocative video posted on the Twitter account of Turkey’s Defense Ministry, Turkish cadets are shown swimming to the islet of Tuzla, a distance of 1,950 meters – the distance from the country’s coast to the Greek island of Kastellorizo – in an apparent bid to underscore its proximity to the Turkish coast.
In comments made on December 24, Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar challenged Greece’s maritime zone around Kastellorizo, emphasizing that the Greek island is located at a distance of 1,950 meters from the country’s coast. “A cadet at the military academy can swim to it,” he said.
Millî Savunma Üniversitesi Deniz Harp Okulunda (DHO) eğitimlerine devam eden Harbiyeliler; “Planlı Açık Deniz Yüzme Eğitimleri” kapsamında, DHO İç Liman’dan 1.950 metre mesafedeki Tuzla Adası’na yüzerek gitti.@msuedutr pic.twitter.com/YMyXJTRbi9
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) January 1, 2022