In an implicit threat to Greek officials from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras downwards, Yigit Bulut — who in 2013 claimed foreign powers were trying to kill Erdogan through telekinesis — also told state broadcaster TRT that anyone who landed on Imia would face Turkey’s wrath “worse than in Afrin”.
The outburst comes just days after Turkish media claimed a wreath-laying ceremony at Imia by Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos had been blocked.
Greece and Turkey almost went to war in January 1996 in a sovereignty dispute over Imia (Kardak in Turkish).
U.S. ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, has also spoken of Washington’s concern at a possible “accident” between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean.
Bulut has proved to be a controversial figure in the past. A former editor-in-chief at news channel Haberturk TV from 2009 to 2012 he was appointed a senior economic advisor to then prime minister Erdogan. He also claimed the 2013 anti-government Gezi Park protests were organized by German airline Lufthansa.