Although Turkey is facing economic ruin due to corruption, nepotism and the coronavirus, it is making desperate attempts to give the appearance that it is strong and capable of intimidating Greece and Cyprus.
Newly released photos from Turkish sources show that drones are accompanying Barbaros-class frigates of the Turkish Navy operating illegally in Cypriot waters.
This aggression comes as Turkey has conducted several air violations against Greece so far today.
Specifically, a pair of Turkish F-16 fighter jets flew over Samos at 12:52 and 12:53, over Arkios and Grylousa at 12:56, over Lipsi at 12:57 and over Farmakonisi, at 12:59, always flying at an altitude of 27,000 feet, according to Pentapostagma. The pair of Turkish jets then separated and the first aircraft flew over Agathonisi, on 13:08, at an altitude of 6,000 feet and the second again over Agathonisi, on 13:09, at an altitude of 18,000 feet.
Turkey is attempting to force its way into the Eastern Aegean to control Greek islands, as outlined in the book “Requirements of Greece. The problems in the Aegean with questions and answers” by the recently recently retired Turkish Admiral Cihat Yayci, as reported by Greek City Times.
Ankara always claims that Greece violates international law regarding the Aegean. Yet, Turkey is only one of 15 countries in the whole world who has not signed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that legally confirms Greece’s and Cyprus’ maritime space.
However, as Turkey is embarking on a campaign of territorial expansion, it ignores international laws to serve its own agenda.
Greece rests comfortable that it has thousands of years of seafaring history, so much so that the modern Greek Navy that emerged during the Greek War of Independence in 1821 has never been defeated in combat. Deescalation is of course the main aim for Greece with Turkish hostilities, but it could also be just a matter of time until Turkey launches an attack.