Speaking at the military academy on Christmas Eve, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar provocatively stated that “even a student of the Turkish military academy could go swimming to Kastelorizo”.
The Greek island of Kastelorizo is only 1,950 meters from Asia Minor, and in opposition to international law, Ankara claims a maritime zone around the island.
However, he did not stop at the words, but proceeded to another provocative move with Greece as the main recipient.
A provocative video posted on the official pages of the Turkish Ministry of Defense shows students of the National Defense University swimming to the island of Tuzla , which – symbolically – is 1,950 meters away from the school.
On Christmas Eve, Akar had provocatively stated: “At a distance of 1,950 meters is Kastellorizo. 1,950 meters!”
“A student of the military academy can get there by swimming. For us, normal swimming is 2,000 meters in the academy.
“We are talking about an island of 10 square kilometers.
“For this island they claim a sea area of 40,000 sq.. When we say no to this they characterize us as ‘expansive’.”
“We are waiting for them to understand that with such actions and such rhetoric they will not get anywhere.”