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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that if Greece continued to provoke Ankara in the Aegean Sea, Ankara would respond.



Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Tuesday that Greece is exploiting Aegean Sea islands to obstruct Turkish military aircraft, adding that Ankara will not put up with such conduct indefinitely.


During a joint press conference with the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Erdogan said that Turkey might "come suddenly one night" and retaliate "when the time comes."


The fact that Greek radars were locking on Turkish planes, according to Erdogan, was "not a positive omen," and he denounced Athens for its "threatening" behavior. Additionally, he charged that Greece was posing a threat to Ankara from its military outposts on the Aegean Sea islands. The president continued, "If such illegitimate threats against us persist from there, [our] patience will end."


The appropriate steps will be done when the time is right, Erdogan stated. However, he did not go into detail on the precise measures Turkey intends to take.


His remarks came after the Turkish Foreign Ministry delivered a letter outlining its position on the critical situation in the Aegean Sea to 25 EU states as well as the organization's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.


The Eastern Aegean Island's non-military status was violated, along with other "unlawful measures," according to the letter, which was also sent to the permanent members of the UN Security Council and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.


Additionally, Turkey charged Greece with making "maximalist demands," specifically for claiming 10 nautical miles of airspace despite the fact that its territorial seas in the Aegean Sea only extend 6 nautical miles from any individual island, according to Ankara.


Athens, on the other hand, denounced Ankara's "outrageous daily slide" of threats. Additionally, its Foreign Ministry promised to bring up the issue of Turkish statements with NATO.


Late in August, Turkey accused Greece of focusing its S-300 air defenses on two Turkish jets performing a normal fly over neutral waters. Military sources in Greece refuted the claim.


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