"Huge exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean! Intimidation of the enemy."
This was the headline of Turkish pro-Erdoğan Daily Sabah. They never specifically mentioned Greece, but when they are referring to an "enemy" in the Eastern Mediterranean, it is not hard to connect the dots.
So what happened?
The Turkish navy between April 15-17 held exercises in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean with 33 warships, naval patrol planes, helicopters, drones and naval infantry units, in an attempt to intimidate Greece so that Turkey can one day carry out their plan of stealing resource-rich Greek maritime space and islands, as outlined in their "Blue Homeland" delusions.
As part of Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdoğan's delusions of stealing Greek maritime space and islands, as seen in the map in the above photo, he created a new map with ethnically-Turkish Muslim Brotherhood leader in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, to split up Greece's maritime space between them.
This of course was internationally rejected, and found no support as it violates the United Nations Charter Law of the Sea. Turkey claims it is acting within international laws to steal Greek maritime space with the Muslim Brotherhood government in Libya, but cannot explain why it is one of only 15 countries in the entire world to not sign the United Nations Charter Law of the Sea which recognises the maritime space of the Eastern Mediterranean far differently to Erdoğan's delusions, as seen below.
Libya is engulfed in a bitter civil war, with Turkey supporting jihadists and Muslim Brotherhood fighters based in the capital of Tripoli, as well as Misrata. On the opposing side is the Libyan National Army, comprised of many officers and admirals trained in Greek military and naval schools, and led by Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar.
Unlike the Daily Sabah, Turkish state-owned propaganda outlet TRT, who were already ridiculed in a debunk article by Greek City Times in regards to their lies about the migrant crisis in Greece, were more direct in their targeting of Greece in an interview with Turkish defense industry researcher Hakan Kılıç.
"The agreement on the exclusive region signed by the [Muslim Brotherhood] Libyan government with us creates a long corridor between our Mediterranean shores and Libya," said Kılıç.
"So the fear and reaction of Greece is essentially about this. They are angry that our planes and ships show their presence by showing our flag,” he claimed.
A ridiculous claim, even by TRT standards. We remind our readers that Greek Minister of National Defence, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, said earlier this week as reported by Greek City Times, that "the Greek armed forces are ready for any eventuality. We must repeat this. We are worried but we are not afraid."
Even setting words aside, we must remember that Greek pilots for consecutive years in a row have won the "Best Warrior in NATO" awards. More importantly, Greece has a navy that has never lost a battle since its modern creation in 1821 during the Greek War of Independence when the Ottoman Empire was utterly defeated.
Greece does not want war and actively avoids war with Turkey despite its constant neo-Ottoman ambitions to annex and steal land in not only Greece, but also in Syria and other neighbouring countries.
As Greece does not have a desire for war, it actively seeks methods to de-escalate Turkish-induced crises and despite Erdoğan's grandeur illusions of being an Ottoman Sultan.
Turkey attempted and failed to invade Greece asymmetrically in February and March by using illegal immigrants, attempted and failed to invade Idlib province in northwest Syria, and has attempted and failed to uproot Haftar's Army as he continues to defeat the Turkish-backed Muslim Brotherhood and their jihadist allies in Libya.
TRT and Sabah attempting to convince the Turkish public that Greece "fears" their military is just a distraction as Turkey has allowed the coronavirus and the economy to get out of control.
Turkey is one of the lowest ranked countries for media freedoms in the world, is the second most susceptible country surveyed on the European continent and its surroundings to fake news, has the most journalists jailed in the whole world, and 90% of media is government controlled.