The military exercise by Greece on the island of Samos, 22 kilometers from Turkey, further increased the tension between the two countries.
The Greek army, which landed on the non-military island with tanks and armored vehicles, continued its exercises by firing on the island. In the exercise footage published in the Greek media, it was seen that armored vehicles and tanks were doing target practice on the island.
IS GREECE PREPARING TO ATTACK?
The increase of Greece's military activities on the islands brought about comments that it was preparing for a possible offensive operation. Turkish national athlete Nasuh Mahruki claimed that Greece was preparing for a very violent raid war that would last 48 hours.
Mahruki asked the allegations to the former Secretary General of the National Security Council, Retired Staff Colonel Ümit Yalım.
Making statements confirming the allegations, Yalım said, "Greece occupied 20 Turkish islands, 2 Turkish rocks, placed 6 thousand Greek soldiers on our islands and armed 22 of the 23 non-military islands. "There are 2 Greek divisions, 4 Greek brigades, 16 regiments, 5 airports for jet operations against Turkey, warplanes, hundreds of tanks, artillery, armored vehicles and thousands of soldiers on these non-military islands.”
Drawing attention to the military activities in the region, Yalım said, “Greece has deployed soldiers very close to Çanakkale, Balıkesir, Aydın, İzmir, Muğla and Antalya. Greece has a build-up of 2 armies on the islands in the Aegean Sea. The Aegean army stands against this heap. However, since the Aegean army is a training army, there is no combat unit. In the past days, Greece held a military exercise in the border region of Meriç, which has a non-military status.
The exercise on the island of Samos is not a first for Greece. Greece has been arming the Eastern Aegean islands for a long time. So far, Greece has armed many islands such as Samothrace, Lemnos, Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Ipsara and Ahikera.
It was stated in the 1923 Lausanne and 1947 Paris Peace Treaties that these islands would not be armed. By deploying troops on these islands, Greece violated the treaty on seven of the nine islands that should have had non-military status.