Greece sends tough messages to Turkey

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called Turkey to stop its illegal activities in the Aegean and to respect international law on Sunday during his speech on the anniversary of Greece's independence from Ottoman rule in 1821, reported Ekathimerini.

Tsipras also noted that his government is making every possible effort for the two Greek soldiers who were detained in Turkey in early March after crossing the border in bad weather.

"We will crush whoever dares to question our national sovereignty,” said Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, speaking for the same event. Kammenos added that “whoever has in mind large Ottoman empires” should remember how Greek people fought for their independence in 1821. 

For the last couple of months, the tension between Turkey and Greece is escalating due to a number of problems including gas drilling around Cyprus and the extradition of Turkish soldiers who have fled to Greece after the coup attempt in July 15, 2016.

Turkey opposes the Republic of Cyprus’s right to exploit potentially huge gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean, claiming that this would infringe on the rights of Turkish Cypriots, who inhabit the north of the island. Turkey has blocked Italian energy company Eni from conducting exploratory drilling near Cyprus twice this year.