Greek Admiral Vows to “Raze” Islet if Turkey Invades



“If Turkish forces land on a rocky islet in the Aegean, it will be razed,” said Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA),  on Wednesday.

“If the Turks land on a rocky islet we will raze it to the ground. That is a red line that is espoused by the government,” Apostolakis declared.

Speaking at the annual holiday press conference with defense ministry correspondents, Apostolakis also spoke about cooperation between Greece and the United States in the broader Mediterranean region.

“The U.S. is seeking ways to ensure regional balances. Greece functions as a bridge and plays a positive role. The Greece-Israel-Egypt axis counterbalances the pressures being exerted by Turkey,” Apostolakis said.

Asked if Greece will be alone in the event that such an incident takes place, the Admiral said, “If it becomes necessary to go to war, then no one will fight by our side.

“Our efforts are focusing on not having to reach that point. Along with the U.S. and the European Union, we want to ensure that the Turks do not reach that point,” the Chief of Staff emphasized.