Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas rejected on Friday the idea that the Turkish Navy is “roaming free” the Aegean causing tensions, saying the government is responding with “composure and determination” to Turkish provocations.
“It’s far from reality that Turks are roaming free in the Aegean. It is not easy from the Turkish side to take the initiative and cause an incident, for domestic reasons or reasons that concern their eastern borders, but from our side, we’re taking our measures,” Vitsas said during an interview with SKAI TV channel. The minister said Turkey has a history of “exporting” tension when faced with domestic problems.
Asked about the possibility of an incident in Cyprus in the summer, Vitsas said he “doesn’t have this kind of information,” adding these are issues that are not discussed in public