Greece-India ties are worrying Turkey: "India is poking its nose in our issues"


India is strengthening its relations with countries with which Turkey is in conflict.

The prospect of strengthening Greece's arsenal with BrahMos supersonic missiles creates a complex diplomatic and defence dynamic that affects the relations between New Delhi and Ankara. Turkey is undoubtedly noticing Greece's search for more effective defence systems.

The proposal for Greece to acquire Indian hypersonic missiles will likely worsen the relations between Ankara and New Delhi, the newspaper Aydınlık claimed.

The Turkish newspaper recalls that in recent years, India has increased arms shipments to Armenia, while at the same time, Turkey is the most important military supporter of Azerbaijan. Turkey also maintains close military relations with Pakistan, which uses Turkish-made drones.

According to Defense Security Asia (DSA), New Delhi is not at all happy with this situation.

Turkey's nationalist media sees India as devising its own reorientation strategy, turning to Armenia and Greece and alienating Turkey from its trade and military plans.

The Indian government's recent move to sanction contracts with Turkish companies involved in shipbuilding projects is the latest episode in a series of diplomatic moves that underscore New Delhi's growing desire to reach out to other countries in the wider region amid tensions with Turkey and Pakistan.

India's latest move was to cancel all deals Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) had with Turkish companies to build a fleet of five support ships for the Indian Navy.

India "sticks" its nose in the Aegean.

At the same time, the pro-government website TR Haber (edited by former editor-in-chief of Yeni Şafak newspaper, Ibrahim Karagül) reports that India's ties with Greece and Armenia are strengthening in a period of critical diplomatic realignment. On the one hand, India is strengthening its relations with countries that are in open conflict with Turkey, and on the other hand, it is responding to Turkish support for Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.

“As Turkey-India relations have fallen to their lowest level in recent years, the Government of India did not miss this opportunity. The government of New Delhi, poking its nose into Turkey's issues in the Aegean, began to stir up Greece," the newspaper wrote.

"Scandalous" animated video in Indian media.

To reinforce India's so-called hostile attitude towards Ankara, Turkish media cited a video published in Indian media that threatened Turkey's "Blue Homeland" ambition.

The video in question shows a BrahMos missile hitting a Turkish ship sailing in the Aegean Sea.

Greek analysts argue that operating the missile systems on the islands of the Eastern Aegean will effectively intercept Turkish warships in Greek waters, as claimed by Ankara.

The anti-ship version of the BrahMos missile, proposed to the Greek Ministry of Defence, has an effective range of about 300 kilometres at a supersonic speed of Mach 2.8 and carries a high-explosive payload of nearly 200 kilograms.


Blue Homeland
Turkey's envisioned Blue Homeland aims to steal Greek maritime space.

Maria Zacharaki is a Turkey-based correspondent for ANT1 and SIGMA TV. Translated by Paul Antonopoulos.

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