A Turkish official said that his country will react if Greece builds a border wall.
Egemen Bağış, Turkish Ambassador to Prague and former Minister of EU Affairs, made the threats on Turkish state-run propaganda outlet TRT World.
He acknowledged that Greece is able to build a wall wherever it wants within its own territory, “except for the border with Turkey because every action creates a reaction and if they don’t mind the reaction, yes, they can try.”
He then continues to explain that if Greece wants to build a wall, then it has “to be done through consultations.”
This of course is a confusing statement, as he had earlier said that Greece can do whatever it wants within its own territory.
When asked what reaction Greece could expect from Turkey, Bağış said “what happened in the Mediterranean with Cyprus should have taught them a lesson” in reference to Turkey’s 1974 invasion of northern Cyprus after it got assurances from Henry Kissinger that Greece would not retaliate.
He also added that “two sides, two neighbours, two allies, get together and first diagnosis the problem and then come up with a solution to solve that problem. We have always been very cooperative with our neighbours as long as they are willing to cooperate with us.”
Watch Egemen Bagis, Turkish Former Minister for EU Affairs, blackmailing Greece live on tv, just because we are trying to protect our border.
And some stupid Greeks want to have a discussion with these guys.. pic.twitter.com/W52Y4jTnE3
— The Duke (@thedukeoriginal) May 27, 2020
Bağış’ talks of being neighbours and allies, but of course did not refer to the fact that on a near daily basis his government, and the Turkish military and media, make references to invading Greece’s eastern Aegean islands and Crete.
Nor did he mention that only days ago Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu referred to the migrant issue and argued that after the end of the pandemic, there will be another wave of illegal immigration to Greece, as reported by Greek City Times.
“There were refugees in the camps who went to the border with Greece. Due to the pandemic, this stopped. I am not saying this as a threat, but after the pandemic, the refugees will definitely want to leave and go there,” he said.
It must be remembered that in early March, Turkish military were caught attempting to pull down the border wall with Greece so they could allow tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the country.