Need for a mes­sage

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Ankara is ratch­et­ing up its provoca­tive be­hav­ior in the Aegean Sea. A Turk­ish coastal pa­trol boat fir­ing live am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing a mil­i­tary ex­er­cise in Greek ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters in the east­ern Aegean early yes­ter­day is the lat­est ex­am­ple of provo­ca­tions, com­ing on the back of months of Turk­ish vi­o­la­tions of Greek air space and ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters, as well as ag­gres­sive rhetoric by gov­ern­ing of­fi­cials in Ankara. Greek au­thor­i­ties and de­fense of­fi­cials need to dis­play un­wa­ver­ing de­ci­sive­ness and pru­dence for two very sig­nif­i­cant rea­sons. Firstly, Turkey is clearly on the verge of a ner­vous break­down. And sec­ondly, un­cer­tainty is grow­ing on the broader in­ter­na­tional stage. At this phase, there is a real need for our Euro­pean and Amer­i­can al­lies to send a clear mes­sage to Ankara. Be­cause Turkey is play­ing with fire and its game could eas­ily desta­bi­lize a re­gion that is al­ready volatile enough.

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