Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Greece against persisting in its provocative practices, stressing that Ankara did not recognize Athens’ occupation of some islands.
This came in a speech during his participation, on Saturday, in the “Black Sea Technovist 2022” festival for aviation and space technology, held in the Turkish state of Samsun.
Addressing Greece, Erdogan said: “Look at history. If you go too far, the price will be high. We have one sentence for Greece. Don’t forget (how we expelled you from) Izmir.”
And he added: “We do not recognize your occupation of the islands. We will do what is necessary when the time comes. We can come by surprise one night.”
Erdogan indicated that the United States is sending weapons and aircraft to Athens and the Greek city of “Dede Agag” (Alexandroupoli), while the latter is threatening Turkish planes with the Russian S-300 air defense system.
He explained that the technological leaps that Turkey is making in many defense projects, from drones to helicopters and warplanes, are not motivated by enthusiasm for war, but by the need to keep Turkey strong.