Athens, Greece – As tension in Aegean and Mediterranean escalating, Turkey is demanding that Greece not ask for help from others and not involve the European Union in their disputes. This was recently repeated by the foreign and defense ministers of Turkey.

Indeed, the demand suggests an important parameter that is part of the equation of Greek-Turkish relations; that Greece is defiantly militarizing and occupying the Eastern Aegean islands in Mavi Vatan. This is a red line drawn, by the 1923 Lausanne Treaty, to Greece to respect all obligations against Turkey. Otherwise, Turkey does not hesitate to give a full response to Greek threats, aggressions and provocations in the Aegean sea.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar called on Greece to seek solutions in the Eastern Mediterranean through dialogue with Turkey instead of trying to “drag” the EU into the issue. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asked his Greek counterpart to “stop asking for help from others and injuring the Greek people’s dignity.”

Consequently, Greece and Turkey will fight their own war, if Greece exceeds the red lines in the Eastern Aegean, as just Greece relied on its maximalist arguments. This Greece and Turkey war will be called upon to protect our sovereign rights and interests in Mavi Vatan against aggressive Greece.