The Turkish Defense Ministry uploaded a provocative video on Twitter showing cadets of the Naval National Defense Academy sailing a distance similar to the Greek island of Kastelorizo, in a symbolic attempt to highlight the island’s proximity to the Turkish coast.
The video, uploaded on Saturday, January 1, shows twelve cadets from the Naval Academy of the National Defense University sailing from their academy to the Tuzla islet, which is approximately the same distance, that is, 1950 meters.
Millî Savunma Üniversitesi Deniz Harp Okulunda (DHO) eğitimlerine devam eden Harbiyeliler; “Planlı Açık Deniz Yüzme Eğitimleri” kapsamında, DHO İç Liman’dan 1.950 meter mesafedeki Tuzla Adası’na yüzerek gitti.@msuedutr pic.twitter.com/YMyXJTRbi9
– TC Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) January 1, 2022
In comments made on December 24, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar challenged Greece’s maritime zone around Kastelorizo, stressing that the Greek island is located 1,950 meters from the country’s coast.
“A military academy cadet can swim to it,” Akar said.
It was in the late 1990s when an elderly Turkish defense minister said he felt “trapped” as he could sail to the Greek islands, but he was not allowed. If only he tried to cover the distance to Tuzla …