Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his recent threats to neighboring Greece and NATO. “Whatever country is bothering us, whatever country is attacking us, our reaction will always be to say: ‘We can undoubtedly come in the middle of the night’,” the 68-year-old said in Prague on Thursday. There, Turkey participated in the founding summit of the European Political Group. The 27 European Union countries want to communicate with 17 other European countries.
Erdogan issued a similar warning in early September. At the time, he was referring to the alleged compatibility of a Greek air defense system with Turkish combat aircraft. He also accused Athens of militarizing the Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea. Athens denied Ankara’s allegations, citing, among other things, its right to self-defense. Relations between the two NATO partners have long been strained.
In the past, the Turkish president has often used the phrase that one can come suddenly at night in connection with military operations – for example in Syria or Iraq.