'Greek officials who set foot on contested islands in the Aegean Sea will face Turkey’s wrath that will be “worse than that in Afrin,” a Turkish presidential advisor has asserted. Athens swiftly denounced his rant.
“We will break the arms and legs of the [Greek] Prime Minister [Alexis Tsipras] or of any minister, who dares to step onto Imia in the Aegean,” Yigit Bulut, a senior advisor to Turkish President Recep Erdogan told TRT Thursday. Bulut was referring to a pair of uninhabited isles in the eastern part of the Aegean Sea that have long been the subject of a bitter territorial dispute between Turkey and Greece.
If Athens further seeks to infringe upon what Ankara claims to be its territorial sovereignty, it would "feel the anger of Turkey, worse than that in Afrin," the official warned, referring to the ongoing Turkish military operation in the northern Syria targeting local Kurdish militias. His angry remarks were seemingly prompted by the Greek Defense Minister's recent attempt to visit the contested territories.'
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