ATHENS, (BM) – Greece continues to build up its force in the border areas with Turkey, despite the statements of Ankara about the impossibility of a military conflict with Athens, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing local Greek sources.
The Armed Forces of Greece are building up a group of troops bordering Turkey against the backdrop of exacerbation of tension between the countries caused by the intentions of the Turkish side to conduct oil and gas exploration in the Greek continental shelf.
Footage of the transfer of Greek military equipment to areas bordering Turkey is published on social networks, BulgarianMilitary.com reports. One of the videos shows the transportation of Leopard tanks, PzH 2000 armored howitzers, TOR anti-aircraft missile systems and other Greek military equipment.
On June 5, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panayotopoulos announced the country’s readiness for any scenario, including full-scale hostilities with Turkey, and accused Ankara of aggressive behavior against the Greek state.
In turn, Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar rules out the possibility of a military clash with Greece over disputes over maritime borders. According to him, all disputed issues between the two states will be further resolved through negotiations. In particular, he called for a regular meeting in Ankara.
Greece and Turkey, both members of NATO, have long-standing disputes over borders in the Aegean Sea, mineral rights in the eastern Mediterranean and airspace.
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