Greece: ‘We are ready for military confrontation with Turkey’

Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos takes questions from reporters after touring the Greek-Turkish border in Kastanies on March 1, 2020 in Kastanies, Turkey [Byron Smith / Getty Images]

Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos has confirmed that his country is ready for all eventualities, including military confrontation with Turkey if it continued to provoke Athens, news agencies reported on Friday.

In a television interview, Panagiotopoulos revealed that his ministry had noted increasing Turkish provocations.

“Turkey’s behaviour has been very aggressive in the recent period,” according to Panagiotopoulos, “I believe that the only way for Greece to deal with this behaviour, which has been generally aggressive, is on the one hand to exhaust all its diplomatic choices, and on the other hand to ensure an increase in the deterrence of our military.”

When asked if Greece was ready for a military confrontation with Turkey, Panagiotopoulos replied: “Exactly so”.He added:

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