“Greece wishes for tranquillity and peace among the countries in our region. We are not interested in bullying or strife. They [Turkey] must, though, understand that Eastern-type Cowboy behaviour will not be tolerated by Greece.”
The Greek Defence Minister was addressing the issue of the ever increasing violations of Greek airspace and territorial waters by Turkey’s air force and navy, on a daily basis, and the constant claims by that country’s political establishment of “Grey Zones” in the Aegean Sea.
There is indeed an agreement signed by the two countries on the demilitarisation of some Greek Islands in the Aegean, but that agreement cannot possibly be adhered to if these very Islands are being threatened with an invasion by Turkey. Any militarisation of these Islands is not intended to be aggressive in nature, but to ensure that they are defended against the often voiced threats of invasion.I do understand Turkey’s concern that Greek soldiers are on these Islands for this purpose though. Traditionally, Turkey is a country that plays it tough with those neighbours that are too weak to stand up to its huge army and vastly superior military hardware; however, it knows only too well that this advantage has not helped them when they went against the Greek heart in the past. Despite its weakened military state, caused by the deliberate inhuman economic measures imposed on it by its “allies and friends”, Greece is more than capable of defending its territory against the notoriously incompetent Turkish military.
The Greek Defence Minister’s message to the Turkish neighbours is merely a modern day version of ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ.