Admiral Kosmas Christidis has claimed that the Greek armed forces are fully capable of taking on Turkey militarily, as tensions remain high between the two countries in the Mediterranean.
The former chief of the general staff of the Greek navy said that the current tensions between Greece and Turkey — caused by Turkish moves to conduct seismic surveys in Greek territory — remind him of the Aegean crisis in 1987.
War was narrowly avoided in 1987 and tensions were also caused by disputes over access to potential natural energy reserves.
Speaking to Greek media, Admiral Chrisidis said that he believed in a policy of deterrence toward Turkey.
“It is not a question of sinking the Hora or the Oruc Reis, but of making Turkey understand that this is not acceptable,” he said, according to Sigma TV.