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Erdogan issues missile warning to Greece — RT World News


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Saturday that his country’s new ballistic missiles could reach Athens, before reiterating Turkey’s demand that Greece end its alleged militarization of the Aegean islands.

“Now we have started making our own missiles”, Erdogan said in a speech on Sunday. “Of course, this production scares the Greeks. When you say ‘Tayfun’, the Greeks get scared and say ‘It’s going to hit Athens’. Well, of course it will.

Turkey tested its ‘Tayfun’ ballistic missile in October, apparently launching the projectile 561 kilometers (348 miles) along its Black Sea coast. The short-range missile was developed in secret by Ankara-based defense contractor Roketsan and will be said to be capable of hitting land or sea targets at a range of just under 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) .

“If you don’t keep calm, if you try to buy something [to arm yourself] … a country like Turkey will not be a spectator”, He continued. “It must do something.”

Erdogan was referring to Greece’s transfer of US armored vehicles to the Aegean islands of Samos and Lesbos, which was reported by Turkish state media in September. While Ankara claims this alleged militarization contravenes a series of early 20th century treaties, Athens argues that it has the right to station troops on these islands.

Although Greece and Turkey are NATO allies, the two countries are historical rivals and have a number of ongoing disputes. These include disputes over control of several Aegean islands, wrangling over drilling rights in the Mediterranean Sea and the long-running dispute over the status of Cyprus.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with a delegation of US lawmakers in October, welcoming the “extremely good” relationship between Athens and Washington during the talks. Mitsotakis also said that Greece “to accept an attack on its sovereignty or its sovereign rights” by Turkiye.

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