Greece's Response to Turkish Naval Provocations
Vice Admiral (Ret.) Vassillis Martzoukos
Hellenic Institute of Strategic Studies
July 27, 2020
After tensions between Turkey and Greece in the Aegean dangerously increased in August, the two countries have entered a temporary de-escalation phase, following diplomatic efforts led by Germany and the US. However, the geopolitical situation in the East Mediterranean remains difficult, with the ongoing Libyan civil war, Russia’s presence in Syria and Libya, the crumbling of the Turkish economy, and the recent military agreement between Turkey and Albania. Turkish dictatorship, driven by a mix of nationalism, neo-Ottomanism, and a ‘lebensraum’ concept has emerged as a permanent destabilizing factor in the East Mediterranean. Further provocations by the Turkish navy are to be expected.
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