Athens, Greece – Provocative moves by European-backed Greece in the Islands Sea and the Mediterranean Sea and attempts to deprive Turkey of its natural rights in the region have ignited a new crisis. For years, territorial disputes and dogfights in the Islands Sea have been replaced by giant navies and mutual military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.
Turkey has carried out 15 exercises in the Mediterranean Sea in the last two months in addition to its declared Navtexs. Greece, on the other hand, has signed a pirate maritime boundary delimitation agreement with Egypt, which is controlled by coup d’etat General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, over the island of Meis, which lies close to the Turkish mainland. Greece then carried out military exercises, taking France and Italy with him.
The Greek government announced last day that it had increased its territorial waters to 12 miles in the Ionian Sea off Italy. In the Islands Sea, the Greek administration plans to increase its territorial waters to 12 miles and turn the Islands Sea into a Greek Lake.
Turkey shows its military might
While all these developments are taking place, Turkey is increasing its military presence in the Mediterranean Sea at a large scale. France deployed its warships and warplanes in the area, while Turkey directed frigates, offensive boats, UAV-UCAVs, submarines and landing ships to the area. The readiness levels of the SAT-SAS and Amphibious Assault teams are measured during the exercises in the region, while the Air Force is involved in the exercises along with the Navy.
The developments in the Mediterranean Sea are not a military manoeuvre but rather a combat device.
With Turkey’s military presence in the region, it gives the message that it will do what is necessary against any approach that is not bona fide.
In the Eastern Mediterranean around Cyprus, both east of Rhodes, south of Crete or even west of Crete, Turkey has been doing intensive exercises for the last 3 months. In a sense, Turkey shows its interlocutors that its military might is accessible there. Some of these are planned activities, some are foreign transition exercises (Pasex). The Greek’s Pasex with France is nothing beyond that. Greece did so with the United States. normally, when ships travel from point A to point b, such exercises are carried out with allies on the way, making them costly notamming, air defense, bringing back-up ships, etc. Usually Pasexs also indicate the existence of a friendship relationship.
There is a possibility of conflict
Normally, when one increases the maritime presence, it sends the message that this is the field of interest, and one is on whoever enters this field. There’s something different about what’s happened here since August 6th. Turkish ships are not in exercise form after the Egyptian-Greek maritime jurisdiction agreement that resulted in the intervention of the United States. The ships switched to combat deployment. The ships are in the area under real combat conditions and they are not conducting exercises. On the contrary, the ships are prepared for the possibility of a war at sea by taking measures to prevent them from being noticed. Therefore, this is not a drill position, but a battle plan. It’s a strategic deployment, technically speaking. The next step is an arrangement based on the assumption that there will be conflict.
It’s a right-hand operation
Turkey will not show its strength until the moment it strikes. As soon as Turkey strikes, the interlocutors will understand its power. Turkey will keep it secret until then. How the boxer hides his right fist, opens his left fist, knocks him down with the right fist. This is a right-hand operation. One put his political will on his interlocutor, and when the other party doesn’t listen to him, one uses other political means. One of them is diplomacy and the other is his military power behind diplomacy. Turkey says we are not in dialogue with you. We were going to have a dialogue, you’re trying to get it done with the fait accompli. You’re out back trying to get other countries involved. You’re attacking my interests in this area, I’m not going to let you get away with it, there’s nothing to talk about here. During this period when the line of dialogue is closed, the next process is to use military force. Turkey is trying to put it into the mind of the other side, of course. The technical name of this is reinforcement of deterrence. If the deterrence doesn’t strengthen, then war will follow.