“The Cold War in the Aegean threatens to turn into a hot episode”, the German press comments
Jun 15, 2022
At the time that the Turkey, continues to boost the volume on Greek-Turkish relationsEncouraged by NATO’s equal distance policy, European countries are closely monitoring its movements Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatening to set fire to the sensitive region of the eastern Mediterranean.
It is indicative articles in the German press, in which an analysis is made of what is happening in the region under the responsibility of Turkey, while an attempt is being made to decipher the next moves of the Turkish leadership with the aim of even provoking a “hot episode.
What does Erdogan want?
“The Turkish president Erdogan threatens openly Greece with war for Aegean islands. “What is happening, what does Erdogan want and how big is the risk of a military conflict?” These are the questions that Gerd Heller raises in his analysis on the RND network.
The German correspondent in Athens presents the recent statements Erdoάνan’s sovereignty over the Eastern Aegean islands and Turkish exercises in the region, history of Turkish claims. “The conflict has been burning in the area for many years. But now for the first timeThe Turkey openly questions the sovereignty of Greece on these islands – and ostentatiously launches military landing exercises. “The Cold War in the Aegean threatens to turn into a hot episode.”
Will it set sailboats in motion?
RND analysis looks behind Erdogan’s threats internal political reasons and the upcoming presidential election. “The head of the Turkish state will do whatever it takes from his hand to win the upcoming elections. “It may even risk a war with neighboring Greece.”
Elsewhere it operates, according to Deutsche Welle, to decipher Erdogan’s aspirations: “It is not ruled out that Erdogan launch landing craft and try to conquer one or more Greek islands, however it is not very likely. More possible is for Turkey to try to underline them its dominant claims in the airspace over the Aegean. He has been doing it for weeks, with more and more frequent overflights over the Aegean “.
Closing the article, he assesses the developments in the Aegean and in the light of Moscow: “The Kremlin leader, Putin, should follow the developments with satisfaction. A military conflict between Greece and Turkey, that is, between NATO partners, it would be to his advantage now more than ever about the war in Ukraine. “
“Conflict over the Aegean Islands: Erdogan Threatens Europe with Next War” This is the title of a commentary of Greek origin editor-in-chief the Munich newspaper Münchner Merkur, George Anastasiadis about the new threats from Turkey against Greece for sovereign rights in the islands of the eastern Aegean.
Among other things, he notes: “THE Erdogan, which is under pressure due to the severe economic crisis but also the forthcoming presidential elections, can do everything to distract from political problems at home -even a war against Greece, an ally in NATO. Already every day Turkish fighter jets enter Greek airspace. It is therefore positive that Chancellor Olaf Solz is now listening to Athens’ concerns on the spot. When it comes to Turkey, Athens and Berlin are on the same side. This is because an integral part of Turkey’s threats is that it will open the gates for migrants (…) Anyone who has visited the big cities, Athens and Thessaloniki, can see how much they suffer from the large number of migrants trapped in the country. In order not to hurt the neighboring country even more, Erdogan does not even need to drop bombs: The threat of war is enough to drive out the tourists, on whose money the country is heavily dependent after the economic crisis. “And this is a form of war that requires a clear European response.”
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