On Wednesday, Greek Deputy Defense Minister Alkiviadis Stefanis stated that Greece was ready for the “worst case scenario” with Turkey. This is in reference to the recent escalation of tensions between the two countries over territorial waters in the Mediterranean sea.
In a press statement, Stefanis said that if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued pursuing his aspirations regarding hydrocarbon research in the Mediterranean, then Greece would also expand its operations in the area to counter Turkey.
He indicated that Athens is observing Ankara’s moves and that Greece is ready for military conflict, should it break out.
On Tuesday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart, Luigi Di Maio, signed an agreement to demarcate maritime borders between the two European countries.
This was interpreted as a clear message to Turkey, highlighting Greece’s diplomatic influence and its determination to move forward with its plans in the Mediterranean.