Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos warns Turkey about future violations of Greek sovereignty

by omouggos

Greek Defense Defence Panos Kammenos, standing far left. (image from en.protothema.gr)

Not content with harassing a Greek fishing boat within Greek waters on Good Friday, the Turks were at it again on Easter Monday. For a two hour period two Turkish patrol boats were violating Greek territorial waters off the coast of Oinousses.[1] These incidents were not isolated occurrences, as evinced by my previous posts on Turkey violating Greek airspace and waters.[2]

One may wonder why Turkey is habitually violating Greek sovereignty. In the view of the Greek military there are three possible explanations.[3] Firstly Turkey may be attempting to strain the military resources of Greece, as every incursion necessitates the scrambling of jets and naval vessels, all of which is costly at a time when Greece is literally bankrupt. Secondly the Turkey air force and navy may be probing Greek defenses so as to gauge the response time of the Greek military and their tactics and capabilities. Finally, Turkey could be preparing for an Imia type military crisis.

In response to the most recent Turkish incursion into Greek waters, the Defense Minister of Greece, Panos Kammenos, has stated that “We ask of all to respect international law and our borders” and that Greece’s military was “ready to defend every inch of the country.”[4] Since we can safely assume that Turkey will not start respect Greece’s borders, then the only uncertainty that remains is whether or not the words of Kammenos will translate into action against future Turkish incursions.

The waters off the coast of the small Greek island of Oinousses (tagged) has been the scene of numerous recent incursions by Turkish vessel and jets.

The waters off the coast of the small Greek island of Oinousses (tagged) have been the scene of numerous recent incursions by Turkish vessel and jets.

It seems to me that this will be unlikely, however, sooner or later Greece will have to respond in some capacity to Turkish provocations or else what is to stop Turkey from eventually annexing the island of Oinousses or other Greek territory that they currently claims is theirs?

O Mouggos

References

[1] http://en.protothema.gr/turkish-provocations-in-aegean-sea-continue/

[2] see my previous posts: A week of Turkey violating Greek territory , Turkey once again makes a mockery of Greek sovereignty , The hypocrisy of Turkey’s Downing of the Russian Su-24

[3] http://en.protothema.gr/what-is-turkeys-end-game-in-the-aegean/

[4] http://en.protothema.gr/def-min-kammenos-warns-turkey-greek-military-ready-to-defend-national-sovereignty/

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