Erdoğan warns Greece that Turkish missiles may reach Athens – POLITICO

ATHENS — Turkey has warned Greece that a missile could hit the Greek capital unless “you stay calm”, further escalating its rhetoric against Greece.

“Now we have started making our own missiles,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a speech on Sunday in Samsun, northern Turkey. “Of course, this production scares the Greeks. When you say ‘Tayfun’, the Greek gets scared and says, ‘It’s going to hit Athens.’ Well, of course it will.

Tayfun, which means “typhoon” in Turkish, is a short-range ballistic missile developed by Turkey. The missile, which was tested in October over the Black Sea and hit a target at a distance of around 560 kilometers, a range more than double that of current missiles in Turkey’s arsenal.

“If you don’t keep calm, if you try to buy something [to arm yourself] from here and elsewhere, from America to the islands, a country like Turkey will not be a spectator. He has to do something,” Erdoğan added.

Turkey has stepped up its rhetoric against Greece in recent months amid what Ankara sees as a growing military buildup on Greece’s Aegean islands close to Turkey’s coastline. In a repeated, thinly veiled threat, Erdoğan said, “We can come down suddenly one night, when the time comes.

Last week, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu warned Greece to stop militarizing the Aegean islands or else Ankara “will take the necessary steps on the ground”.

Despite being NATO allies, the neighboring countries have been at odds for decades over a number of bilateral disputes, including maritime borders, overlapping claims to their continental shelves and the long-running dispute over Cyprus.

Earlier this year, Greece called on its Western allies to end Turkey’s incendiary rhetoric or risk another situation in Ukraine.

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