Turkey claiming disputed Aegean island as its own - Greek City Times

Turkish media outlets are increasingly laying claim to Greece’s island of Agathonísi, known in Turkey as Eşek Adası, the Greek City Times reported on Wednesday.

Turkish newspapers Yeni Şafak and Sözcü, covering a visit by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou to Agathonísi on Monday, referred to the Aegean island as being outright Turkish territory, it said.

Sözcü newspaper reported that Agathonísi belongs to Turkey’s western province of Aydın, while Yeni Şafak said Greece occupies the island.

The Greek City Times said there was no ideological difference between Sözcü and Yeni Şafak, despite their claims of being progressive Western and Islamist, respectively, and supported Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Sakellaropoulou’s visit was followed the next day by Greek media reports of illegal overflights by a pair of Turkish F-16 fighter jets, a move Athens saw as a provocation by Ankara.

“Some circles in Turkey no longer question Greek territory as grey areas but start from the incredible starting point that a Greek island, in this case Agathonísi, is Turkish and occupied!” it quoted a diplomatic source as telling Greek weekly Proto Thema.

Greece and Turkey have disputed for decades over sovereignty and related rights in the area of the Aegean Sea where Agathonísi is located. Turkey maintains the existence of "grey zones", a number of small islands of it says have undetermined sovereignty.