Turkey continues piling pressure on Greece at land and sea – Kathimerini

Greece has seen no let-up in the pressure from Turkey on land and at sea as Turkish fighter jets continue to fly over Greek airspace and tensions continue on the border, Greek daily Kathimerini said.

Turkey and Greece’s long-running dispute over maritime rights in the Aegean Sea heated up last year when Ankara signed a deal with the U.N.-recognised Libyan government in Tripoli that drew the Turkish marine borders just off Greece’s Dodecanese islands.

A fresh diplomatic crisis kicked off at the beginning of the month, when Turkey allowed thousands of migrants to cross its side of the border, leading to confrontations between thousands of people trying to enter the European Union and Greek security forces.

Turkey has continued sending its jets over Greek islands in the Aegean, violating Greek airspace over the island of Chios on Monday, Kathimerini said.

And tensions have remained high at the River Evros land border, where Kathimerini said Turkish security forces were regularly launching tear gas and stun grenades at the Greek side.

This has been accompanied by pressure from Turkey’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who published an op-ed in the Financial Times on Sunday that blamed Greece for not allowing the refugees to cross.

“The EU was meant to be a world power that stood as a beacon for human rights and respect for the international rules-based order,” Çavuşoğlu said. “But unless something is done about Greece’s treatment of refugees, and the frenzied support it still receives from the EU, that claim will collapse.”