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Armed Forces chief warns against violation of Greek sovereignty

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In a strong statement during a regular press conference on Friday, the head of the Armed Forces said that Greece would not tolerate any violation of the country’s sovereignty.

The comment came after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated Ankara’s contentious claim that islands that lie far from the Greek mainland, including Kastellorizo in the southeastern Aegean, are not entitled to generate continental shelves.

“The Armed Forces are an organized army, navy and air force. It is very difficult to confront them and whoever does it will face a very high cost, which is something our neighbors know about,” the head of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), Konstantinos Floros, told journalists at the Defense Ministry.

Asked about the possibility of an incident in response to Turkey’s activities, he said: “A military response is a possibility. No one can rule it out.”

"If something like this happens on a group of islands, it will immediately spread to other regions," he added.

Floros said any accident in the Aegean will be caused by the daily pressure exerted by Turkey.