BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – The Turkish TRT news channel published a video clip that it said documented the presence of Greek soldiers on the island of Kastellorizo (Meis), which is in violation of the provisions of the Lausanne and Paris agreements on disarming the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

The state-owned TRT network published a video of Greek soldiers on the island of Kastellorizo, which is about two kilometers from the Turkish mainland.

They claimed this coincides with the escalation of tension in the eastern Mediterranean region.

Two days ago, Turkey confirmed that it would not allow Greece to achieve its goal of sending soldiers to the island of Kastellorizo, which is located directly off the Turkish coast.

Relations between Turkey and Greece, two members of NATO, have been deteriorating over the demarcation of maritime borders and the exploration of natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2020-09-03 20:50

Turkey was no part of the Paris Peace Agreement of 1947. The treaty is between Italy and Greece. Thus Turkey cannot claim anything from that treaty, it is a third, outside party. The 1947 treaty gave the Dodecanese Islands to Greece, which can exercise its right to legitimate defense, as provided for in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The original 1947 demilitarisation was a concession to Moscow which became void with the foundation of Warsaw Pact and NATO. No place must be demilitarized when under threat of war. At Kastellorizo Turkey plans to infringe the Lausanne treaty of… Read more »

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2020-09-03 23:47
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Absolutely! Turkey thinks they’ll get a Munich v2.0… Well, maybe Merkel would agree to do a Chamberlain, she’s too pacifist, but no way Erdog can hope Macron to be a new Daladier.
You Germans must wake up : Germany may have sinned by excess of Prussian jingoism, now there is the reverse excess, and this is what Erdog bets on : German pacifism! OK to have Germany leading the economics and France leading the foreign policy/military, but we need full support of the EU, especially Germany, not a Heiko that will come and undermine the job.

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2020-09-04 05:57
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Germany does things calmly during its presidency. Germany must not rush into a war. From what I gather in our media Bundeswehr was committed to strategic studies about future needs of the EU. Like Borrell Maas enumerated what he considered intolerable behaviour that must stop. Both spoke about EU obligations. But they never issued threats and stressed the need for peaceful negotiations. Maybe Macron speaks a language that the Turks understand better. To me as a German: if a behaviours must stop and we want to talk peacefully, we mean that we want to talk about stopping it peacefully and… Read more »

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2020-09-04 06:34
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EU need no French leading the foreign policy/military or Germany for economics – better more joint effort and common cause of all EU nations. We need Bismarck’s policy of 1870. Let us hope the current German politicians are clever enough to redo the old trick and to set Erdogan up to be the EU’s Napoleon III. p.s. France had tried to get Luxemburg as concession for not siding with Austria during the Prusso-Austrian war. But the war was short and France did not get a chance to side with Habsburg. Bismarck informed all German states about the French plan to… Read more »