Greece Rebuffs Turkish Demands to Demilitarize Aegean Islands


Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos speaks during a press conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, July 19, 2019. REUTERS…

Greece Rebuffs Turkish Demands to Demilitarize Aegean Islands

By Dorian Jones
January 27, 2020 03:21 PM

ISTANBUL – Greece is pushing back against Turkish demands that it demilitarize 16 Aegean islands. The Turkish government maintains it is defending Turkey’s rights and remains committed to negotiation, but analysts warn Turkey’s increasingly “robust diplomacy” threatens to isolate Ankara and escalate regional tensions.

“Greece does not provoke, does not violate the sovereign rights of others, but it doesn’t like to see its own rights violated,” said Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos Saturday.

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