Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeated his stark warning to neighbouring Greece regarding alleged airspace violations over the Aegean Sea.
It is time for Athens to “pull themselves together,” Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday in Ankara ahead of his departure for a three-day Balkan tour.
“Otherwise, as I always say, we can go down there one night suddenly,” the Turkish leader said, using a rhetoric he often uses when Turkey threatens to launch a military operation.
He was referring to Greek S-300 air defence systems allegedly locking onto Turkish jets over the Aegean.
Athens denies the charges.
Erdogan had at the weekend accused NATO ally Greece of “occupying” demilitarised Aegean islands.
Turkey argues Greece is illegally arming its islands in the east of the Aegean, an action prohibited under the 1923 treaty of Lausanne and the 1947 treaty of Paris.
Athens argues that soldiers are positioned to fend off vessels approaching from Turkey’s west coast.