February 8, 2023

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Erdogan accuses Greece of deliberately killing illegal migrants in the Aegean


Once again, Tayyip Erdogan has accused Greece of deliberately killing migrants in the Aegean by sinking their boats.

The repeated Turkish provocations, the Greek Foreign Minister noted, create a dangerous situation and increase the possibility of an “accident” that Ankara could use to escalate tensions between Greece and Turkey.

Although he did not name Greece, his entire speech concerned our country, and the rhetoric of the “sultan” was extremely provocative. Speaking about the countries that have become a haven for traitors hiding from Turkish justice, he said: “In the Aegean, they are deliberately killed by sinking their boats, beaten, robbed, humiliated and forced to leave their territory. Today, some countries with which we are in NATO, the Council of Europe or the UN have become a haven for traitors who are hiding from Turkish justice. No action is being taken, no clear steps are being taken to bring the terrorists to justice. Thanks to our operations in the Aegean, the number of migrants rescued from the brink of death reached 20,000 last year alone“.

Again playing the card… of the humanist, Erdogan continued, stating: “On the other hand, countries that leave refugees to die at sea, in the Aegean, even kill them, intentionally sink their boats, beat them, rob them, humiliate them and force them to leave their borders but, unfortunately, these countries are very valuable for Europe. Despite all the photographs, testimonies of witnesses and their denunciations, unfortunately, no steps are taken against those who carry out this.”

A few hours before, the Turks again violated the airspace of Greece.

So on January 11, two flights of a pair of Turkish F16s were recorded over the territory of Greece in the Aegean Sea. The first occurred at 15:22 at 32,000 feet above the island of Panagia and Inousses. The second at 15:51, the same pair of F-16s, at 31,000 feet over Zurafa Island.

Dendias again called for the imposition of European sanctions against Turkey

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias yesterday sent letter High Representative EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Officer Joseph Borel on the recent illegal activities of Turkish fishing boats in Farmakonisi, according to diplomatic sources. Mr. Dendias also conveyed the letter to European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginius Sinkevicius.

Letter from Dendias to Borel: Turkish provocations could lead to serious conflict

In his letter, the Foreign Minister referred to an incident that took place on January 5, 2023.


The repeated Turkish provocations, the Greek Foreign Minister noted, create a dangerous situation and increase the possibility of an “accident” that Ankara could use to escalate tensions between Greece and Turkey.

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias sent a letter yesterday to the High Representative EU Foreign Policy Officer Josep Borel on the incident of the harassment of a Coast Guard vessel by the Turkish flotilla on January 5 in Pharmaconisi. According to diplomatic sources, in his letter, Mr Dendias refers to an incident where a Coast Guard patrol boat, while on duty to detect three Turkish fishing vessels fishing in the sea area southeast of Pharmakonisi within Greek territorial waters, has undergone pursued by a Turkish coast guard boat.

Turkish coast guard boat threatens Greek colleagues with dangerous maneuvers (video)

Turkish provocations can lead to an “accident” and instrumentalization of the conflict.

According to the same sources, the Greek Foreign Minister noted that “this repeated Turkish practice creates a dangerous environment and increases the possibility of an ‘accident’ that could be used by Ankara to escalate tensions between Greece and Turkey.” In addition, the letter refers to the non-cooperation and often aggressive attitude of Turkish fishermen not only towards coast guard vessels, but also towards Greek fishing vessels, an attitude directed against the legitimate fishing activities of Greek fishermen. It is easy to understand, the minister notes, what will be the consequences of such a development of events for the region as a whole, as well as for Euro-Turkish relations.

Like us previously reported, a Greek Coast Guard patrol boat was harassed by a Turkish Coast Guard vessel off Farmakonisi Island in the Dodecanese, in the southeastern Aegean Sea, on Thursday morning. According to a statement released by the Greek Coast Guard, its boat found three Turkish fishing boats that were fishing illegally in Greek territorial waters southeast of Farmakonisi. He was pursued by a Turkish vessel, which was making dangerous maneuvers to ram a Greek patrol boat. At one point, a Greek Coast Guard boat fired warning shots in the safe zone. The incident ended when the Turkish ship left the scene towards the Turkish coast.

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias sent a letter yesterday to the High Representative EU Foreign Policy Officer Josep Borel on the incident of the harassment of a Coast Guard vessel by the Turkish flotilla on January 5 in Pharmaconisi. According to diplomatic sources, in his letter, Mr Dendias refers to an incident where a Coast Guard patrol boat, while on duty to detect three Turkish fishing vessels fishing in the sea area southeast of Pharmakonisi within Greek territorial waters, has undergone pursued by a Turkish coast guard boat.

Turkish coast guard boat threatens Greek colleagues with dangerous maneuvers (video)

Turkish provocations can lead to an “accident” and instrumentalization of the conflict.

According to the same sources, the Greek Foreign Minister noted that “this repeated Turkish practice creates a dangerous environment and increases the possibility of an ‘accident’ that could be used by Ankara to escalate tensions between Greece and Turkey.” In addition, the letter refers to the non-cooperation and often aggressive attitude of Turkish fishermen not only towards coast guard vessels, but also towards Greek fishing vessels, an attitude directed against the legitimate fishing activities of Greek fishermen. It is easy to understand, the minister notes, what will be the consequences of such a development of events for the region as a whole, as well as for Euro-Turkish relations.

Like us previously reported, a Greek Coast Guard patrol boat was harassed by a Turkish Coast Guard vessel off Farmakonisi Island in the Dodecanese, in the southeastern Aegean Sea, on Thursday morning. According to a statement released by the Greek Coast Guard, its boat found three Turkish fishing boats that were fishing illegally in Greek territorial waters southeast of Farmakonisi. He was pursued by a Turkish vessel, which was making dangerous maneuvers to ram a Greek patrol boat. At one point, a Greek Coast Guard boat fired warning shots in the safe zone. The incident ended when the Turkish ship left the scene towards the Turkish coast.



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