Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a clear message to Ankara responding to an incident, during which, the helicopter he was traveling on to go to Agathonisi, to attend the events for the national independence anniversary on Monday 25 March, was harassed by an Turkish aircraft.

“I want to send out the message that there is no corner of Greece that we will not defend through our social policy and armed forces,” stressed the prime minister and added that “our neighbours must understand that, in the Aegean, only cooperation, understanding and joint development has prospects – not differences, posturing, not fake bravado and not pointless attacks.”

At the same time, Mr. Tsipras stressed that today, Greece is a force of peace and cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, a force that promotes dialogue and conciliation, but if necessary, Greeks will do as their ancestors did.