Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said in a television interview that his country is ready for all eventualities, including military confrontation with Turkey if it would keep on provoking Athens.
“Turkey’s behaviour has been very aggressive in the recent period,” according to Panagiotopoulos, “I believe that the only way for Greece to deal with this behaviour, which has been generally aggressive, is on the one hand to exhaust all its diplomatic choices, and on the other hand to ensure an increase in the deterrence of our military.”
When asked if Greece was ready for a military confrontation with Turkey, Panagiotopoulos replied: “Exactly so”.
A couple of days ago, the Turkish governmental newspaper published a request for a Turkish state oil company to obtain a license to explore oil and gas in an area near the Greek islands.
Following this, on 3 June, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a letter to the European Union, stating that this would lead to a Turkish-European crisis.
On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirmed in a press conference that Turkey would together with the Libyan government explore and develop oil and gas fields in the Mediterranean.