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Turkish-Greek relations tense amid fears of military showdown

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ISTANBUL: In a heightening war of nerves among Athens and Ankara, respective relations have decayed, starting feelings of dread of a military showdown between the two NATO partners.

Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos as of late featured his nation’s “status for military clash with Turkey.”

On Wednesday, a Greek naval force transport endeavored to assess a payload vessel off the Libyan coast yet a Turkish military escort rejected access.

Greece has additionally fought Turkish penetrating plans in 24 areas in the Mediterranean Sea that it thinks about A greek area.

In an announcement, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias cautioned that Athens  would fight back if Ankara starts penetrating in the territory.

At the Delphi Economic Forum on June 11, Greek Deputy National Security Adviser Thanos Dokos pushed for more noteworthy territorial participation in the eastern Mediterranean.

A disputable oceanic arrangement among Turkey and Libya’s Government of National Accord has likewise caused caution. It grants Ankara to investigate the Mediterranean seabed, including a few Greek islands.

Notwithstanding, specialists don’t anticipate quick military showdown between the two nations.

Paul Antonopoulos, a specialist on Turkish-Greek relations, says the circumstance will stay a war of words.

“Since Greece won its autonomy from the Ottoman Empire, there have been four significant wars between the Greeks and Turks, with Greece continually being the one to initially proclaim the war. Athens has just said it doesn’t need war however will just react to Turkish-started hostility,” he told.

He included: “It is far-fetched that (President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan will proclaim war, particularly as Turkey is militarily over-reached out in Syria and Libya and is confronting a financial emergency.”

Antonopoulos stated: “Athens has likewise recommended that the International Court of Justice at The Hague be utilized to determine the sea issue, yet Ankara doesn’t perceive its position. It is through worldwide law that Greece and Turkey can resolve the oceanic issue, anyway Ankara doesn’t perceive any of the globally perceived intends to do as such.”

Additionally, Greek security examiner Ioannis Michaletos doesn’t anticipate a military encounter between the two nations.

“This is a situation with not many probabilities under the current conditions. The continuation of a strained environment between the two nations for a long time to come, particularly on the strategic front, is likely,” he told.

Michaletos doesn’t foresee a “forward leap” soon for the profoundly established divergences between the two nations.

“The shakiness will in general proceed all through 2020 without a doubt,” he said.

The continuous discussion about the transformation of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, worked as a Byzantine house of God in the sixth century and secured under the UNESCO World Heritage list, into a mosque, has been fought by the Greek government, particularly because of its status as the previous seat of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Stelios Petsas, a representative for the Greek government, said “Hagia Sophia is a worldwide landmark of social legacy” that was presently being utilized as “an apparatus to advance different points.”

Antonopoulos said that its status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site would require the endorsement of the Paris-based association to change over it.

“Inability to get endorsement could see different types of discipline against Turkey with UN backing, including authorizations, and Erdogan might not have any desire to chance the monetary instability,” he said.

He contends that Erdogan “is instigating issues”… “as an approach to divert the populace from the extreme monetary circumstance.”