The Greek Minister for Development, Adonis Georgiades, stressed that Athens is not afraid of a military conflict with Turkey, against the backdrop of the escalation of tension between the two parties in the eastern Mediterranean.

On Sunday, the Greek City Times website quoted Minister Georgiades as saying, in an interview with THEMA 104.6 Radio, his belief that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “subject to constant delusion,” adding: “Threats to wage wars and spill rivers of blood in France or insult Macron (French President), in this way, should cause great concern among the Turkish citizens, because it falls outside the scope of diplomatic and political norms. ”

The minister continued that Erdogan aspires without any doubt to revive the Ottoman Empire, warning Ankara not to make a mistake by underestimating the level of Athens’ willingness to defend its interests.

He said that whoever believes that Greece feels fear is making a “grave mistake,” noting that the Greek fleet in the Aegean Sea witnessed in the last 35 days the biggest mobilization in decades.

The minister stressed that “this step led to a sharp increase in the level of combat preparedness of the Greek army and made Greece more prepared for a war scenario than many had thought.”

Georgiades said that Greece disappointed those who thought that it would collapse under the pressure of “the Turkish commotion,” noting that Turkey is now facing a big internal problem, which is that “a large part of its citizens do not realize that all this harms their lives.”

He continued, “Things are not easy for Mr. Erdogan, because Turkey is not a superpower as many believe. It is a strong country and deserves to be respected, and it will remain our neighbor forever, but we are not afraid of it … and we will not yield to threats and will not give up on what belongs to us.”

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The Greek minister called on Turkey to realize this fact so that there would be a “good and peaceful future” for both peoples.

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Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2020-09-06 23:39

The Greeks are wise and IMHO Erdogan Caliph leads Turkey into doom.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-09-07 03:03
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It looks like a headlong rush… Lira is at all time low, inflation sky-rockets he took loans Turkey can’t cash, COVID has hit tourism and his follies as much the EU will soon take sanctions that may not be symbolic, he may even end booted from NATO, and it’d only take a wrong move and… Sanctions are likely to target Turkish shipping… And this cretin is doubling down… I have huge doubts about the finding of gas in the Black Sea BTW: would be a 1st time ever and the synchronicity is, well, “amusing”… Oh surprise! Well, he promises megalomaniac… Read more »

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2020-09-07 16:54
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Inflation is about 12%. Loans are hit hard and may default. COVID trikes. Istanbul airport loan has become more doubtful investment then ever. Working migrants send less money. Plus what you said.

EU sanctions will beginn symbolic but will add till it gets the needed.

Black Sea gas amounts only to 7 years supply after 1023 if it is there.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-09-07 20:13
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Istanbul? You’re mistaking with Constantinople, don’t you?
12%? It’s very bad!

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2020-09-07 22:33
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Yes. You are right. Byzantium sort of. 12% is not hyper but bad enough. Had been worse.

Zafar Abbas
Zafar Abbas
2020-09-07 11:33

Just look at the map and you”ll see how many fronts Erdogan did open? He seems to be losing his mind. Syria, Iraq, Libya, Armenia, Greece, France etc. He’ s playing double game with USA and Russia and thinks he will outsmart them?!

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2020-09-07 17:15
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I absolutely agree, he opened more barrels than Turkey can drink alone. Only the Black Sea and the Azeri are not against Erdogan Caliph. US, Russia and Iran might be neutral. Let’s add the countries of the Gas Management treaty: Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and their Arab associates KSA and UAE to his likely un-friends. Even then You missed one potential huge enemy. Article 42(7) of the EU treaty is mutual territorial defence. EU has 25 times GDP and has 15 times military budget of Turkey. So EU sanctions can hurt. Turkey has almost inland access for goods and receives… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-09-07 22:12
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And both Russia and USA would lose much much more at backing Ankara against the EU : with Egypt in, just having the 6th fleet banned from the Mediterranean sea (you can go through Gibraltar strait w.o. going through Spanish territorial waters), adding about 200 US bases in the EU, while… 36% of Russian exports are the sales of gas to the EU, and they’re not even in a position to use it as a blackmail tool : all that we’d need to do is : lift the moratorium about fracking, especially in France : half of the country is… Read more »