Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean

Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean 14 September, 2020

In the past, the US has prevented the dispute between Turkey and Greece from escalating. Now the EU has to do it. This phrase belongs to German Daily Die Tageszeitung. The paper has a different approach to the recent conflict in the Mediterranean Sea. Talking about the unsolved problem for decades, the paper underlines that the lack of military clash until today is thanks to NATO and, in particular, to the hegemonic USA. This comment belongs to the foreign correspondent of daily, Jürgen Gottschlıch. 

The paper reads, “The fact that the USA was able to prevent a war between Greece and Turkey in the past was also due to the fact that both countries essentially obtained their war equipment from the same USA. For decades, there was even a fixed key, according to which the US governments supplied both countries with military equipment and thereby also controlled the use of weapons.

Both countries have largely “freed themselves” from this “patronizing” - of course also through the change in the geopolitical situation - and can now represent their interests unchecked. Turkey has been massively upgrading for a long time and has made itself "more independent" of deliveries from abroad with its own arms industry. Greece, which has fallen behind due to the financial crisis, now wants to step up. Because Emmanuel Macron showed such enormous “solidarity” in the conflict with Turkey, Athens bought warplanes and warships in France as thanks.”

The paper has blame to put on both sides, says, “According to the motto “Nationalism is the bread of the poor”, the Turkish President Erdoğan and the conservative Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis continue to heat the conflict. The EU is watching and allowing Macron to ignite instead of energetically filling the vacuum left by Washington's withdrawal. You almost want the old Americans back.”

Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean

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