On Saturday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, ratcheted up his rhetoric towards Greece and threatened to "come down suddenly one night."
Erdogan has previously used such word to allude to impending military operations against Kurdish insurgents whom Turkey views as existential threats in Syria and Iraq. He repeatedly followed through on his threat.
Erdogan attacked neighbouring Greece during a speech at an aerial technology event in Samsun where Turkey displayed the prototype of an unmanned fighter plane amid political and military concerns.
Greece has been charged by Turkey with employing S-300 missile systems in Crete to track Turkish aircraft in August. Turkish jets were allegedly harassed by Greek F-16s during a NATO mission over the eastern Mediterranean, according to Ankara, by placing them under a radar lock. NATO is receiving complaints from Turkey. Additionally, Athens has charged Turkey with invading its airspace.
Turkey and Greece, while being both NATO members, have long-standing tensions over a number of topics, including territorial claims in the Aegean Sea and disagreements over its airspace. Three times in the past 50 years, the tension has taken them to the verge of war.
Greece is allegedly breaking international treaties by militarising islands in the Aegean Sea, according to Turkey.
Erdogan stated on Saturday, "You possessing the islands doesn't bind us. "We'll take the necessary action when the time comes. As we have stated, we might appear overnight.
Don't forget Izmir, we have one sentence for Greece," Erdogan remarked, referring to the Turkish military's thrashing of Greek occupiers in the western city in 1922.
Rare lunchtime discussions between Erdogan and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the prime minister of Greece, took place in Istanbul in March, but this promising development quickly subsided. After the Greek prime minister visited Washington and campaigned for the purchase of F-35 stealth fighter fighters while campaigning against Turkey's efforts to update its F-16 fleet, Erdogan declared in May that he would no longer speak with Mitsotakis.