6165 - The issue of the expansionist policy

N. Lygeros
Translation: Paola Vagioni

“The tensions that undergo in the relations with Greece must be reassessed in the context of a general maritime strategy in the Aegean Sea, given that this country, by regarding as non-satisfactory the status quo that limits the vital area of Turkey, follows an expansionary policy”. Thus the Foreign Minister of Turkey interprets the facts. Not only the Turkish regime has committed three genocides, which it does not acknowledge, following thus the same strategy of purging in a violent manner the entire Asia Minor of the non-Muslim elements, but now that it is found on the coast, it wants to obtain the islands too, due to the vital space. The absurdity of this approach does not surprise strategists, because they are familiar with the historical plotting of Turkey. The only problem is why this tendency is not widely known to the Greek people, to know at least not what they must confront but to stop listening to some who turn a blind eye. “It is inevitable for Turkey to pursue an active policy at every point leading the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea to the high seas”. The Minister of Turkey writes the word “inevitable” as if there is no other alternative for the grand strategy of his nation, which signifies that he has pre-determined his vision, which includes the Aegean Sea. Moreover, as it is demonstrated in the following excerpt, his approach is clearly historical and long-term. “In sensitive issues like the Aegean Sea, Turkey is obliged to exercise the necessary attention, to avoid making mistakes that will affect its long-term policies”. And the paradigm that he uses concerns more or less Imia, under the Turkish name. “During the crisis of the Kardak, the fact that on the maps that were distributed to the European countries in the diplomatic efforts there, the Kardak rock islands appeared to be within the 12 nautical miles, as Greece claimed, caused an unforgivable damage that harmed the sovereign rights of Turkey”. We realize therefore that without maps, without Voronoi diagrams, without topostrategy we will confront problems not in the future but already in the present.