Turkey accuses Greece of breaching international law by deploying military vehicles in the Aegean

Image of the port of Mytilini in Lesbos, Greece. Credit: Google maps - Ευαγγελία Παπά

Turkey claimed that the deployment of military vehicles by Greece onto two Aegean islands was in breach of international law.

Greece has been accused by Turkey today, Sunday, September 25, of breaching international law by deploying military vehicles to Aegean islands that do not have any military status. Turkish drones have captured images of US-donated armoured vehicles being unloaded from landing vessels onto quaysides in Samos and Lesvos.

This was reported by Anadolu, the state-owned Turkish news agency, citing military sources. Between September 18 and 21, the Greeks are said to have deployed 18 such vehicles on the island of Samos, and another 23 onto Lesvos. The batch of vehicles had originally arrived from the US at the Port of Alexandroupolis (Dedeagac) in Greece.

Anadolu quoted its source as saying: “These acts of Athens against international law and against the spirit of alliance despite calls for dialogue and good neighbourliness are unacceptable”. They added that the Turks are open to dialogue over the current tensions between the two nations, “despite the fact that Greece does not even attend the meetings” and despite these “provocations”.

In an interview published by the daily ‘Kathimerini’ today, Nikos Dendias, the Greek Foreign Minister stated that if Ankara was to accept the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, then a resolution to the problem between their countries could quickly be found, as reported by msn.com.


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    • George Lemos

      25 September 2022 • 23:28

      The claim can rest only on Article 13 of the Treaty of Lausanne 1923 but this article while forbidding the construction of fortresses and imposing a limit (defined proportionately not numerically) on the number of troops has nothing to say about military vehicles. The claim would appear to be baseless.


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