Turkish media targets Greek military chief for visiting Karpathos, Kastellorizo ​​and Ro

General Konstantinos Floros

Turkish media are once again targeting Greek military chief General Konstantine Floros due to visiting the Greek islands of Gavdos, Karpathos, Kastelorizo ​​and Ro. Floros gave well wishes to the guards of the critical outposts for the Christmas holidays.

Pro-government and opposition press in Turkey described Floros' visit as a "challenge", repeating the narrative that these are either "demilitarised" islands or "disputed sovereignty".

"A new step came from Greece increasing the tension with Turkey," writes Esha Haber, commenting on the posts by Floros after his visits to the islands of Gavdos, Karpathos, Kastellorizo ​​and Ro, where he exchanged wishes for Christmas and the new year with the guard.

"The head of the Greek military continues the provocations in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, who visited islands with a demilitarised regime," reports Takvim newspaper.

"The Greek leader provokes with his visit. The Greek military chief visited the demilitarised islands and islands of disputed sovereignty included in the EGAYDAAK list," writes the opposition Cumhuriyet defiantly.

This is the infamous "EGAYDAAK" list, an acronym for the phrase "Egemenligi Anlasmalarla Gyranas'a Devredilmemis Ada Adacíkve Kayalíklar" i.e. "islands, islets and islets whose ownership was not granted to Greece by international agreements and treaties".

Turkish media

Lately, Turkish media, faithfully following the government's line, have been targeting Floros, for understandable reasons.

Last November, newspapers and networks in Turkey showed his statements on the day of celebration of the Greek Armed Forces with big headlines.

General Floros had pointed out at the time that Greece wishes and is working for peace, but: "whoever makes the fatal mistake of 'coming', should know in advance that he will find in front of him a new Marathon, a new Salamis and a new 731".

The Turkish media took the clear warning of Floros as a "provocation", a "threat", characterising it as "scandalous" and linking it to the recent military operations of the Turkish armed forces in the north of Syria and Iraq.

READ MORE: Turkey violated Greek airspace 11,000+ times in 2022 - Even on Christmas and other holidays.