Turkey’s provocations in the Aegean have without a doubt been escalating over the past few weeks as Ankara takes advantage of the difficult situation Greece finds itself in, both in terms of its ailing economy and with regard to its friction with some members of the international community. The stance that Athens should take toward such provocations is one of immediate response, but it must also keep a cool head. Under no circumstances should the government allow rumors and suspicions to spiral out of control and be perceived by the public as fact. This type of distortion is precisely what happened earlier this week when rumors circulated about a Turkish warship stopping a Greek cargo vessel to check it in Greek waters. There are those who want to pour oil on the fire in the Aegean and there are also certain members of the media who believe that by doing so they will increase their ratings. Such issues however are far too serious and have a massive impact on the national interest. They should not be treated in this flippant manner.