“Aggressive rhetoric has remained in the words, whether it will proceed in action is doubtful because they have problems in their army, with spare parts and other open problems that they have to solve. “Greece, however, is ready to face any challenge, starting with the refugee problem that worries us and the whole of Europe,” said Dora Bakoyannis.
“We have built alliances and prepared our (military) equipment, which is bothering Turkey. “We will not take a step back from international law,” Dora Bakoyiannis said describing that Greece is ready for a military confrontation with Turkey if it’s necessary.
Commenting on Ankara’s recent video showing Turkish soldiers swimming two kilometres and the comments of Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar that those swimmers can capture Greek Islands, she said that anyone who has a swimming pool can do it, calling the video “ridiculous“.
She also said that the Turkish minister made this move for internal consumption in order to raise the percentages of the upcoming elections.
“As long as the Turks have an entire ‘Aegean army’ opposite the Greek islands, we are not going to take a step back,” she said.
Ms Bakoyannis also said that it was a fantasy to think that a possible defeat of Erdogan in the elections would benefit Greece as the Turkish opposition is very tough in its positions on national issues and that Greece is preparing for any bad scenario but at the same time “we are open to dialogue to normalize relations”.
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