Kathimerini: Apostolakis says Turkey’s purchase of S-400 system is a concern19 April 2019 | 09:48 | FOCUS News Agency
In a wide-ranging interview with Open TV on Thursday night, Apostolakis said Ankara’s acquisition of the system will completely change the situation in terms of control of the air space over the Aegean. At the same time, he stressed the need for Greece to acquire F-35s or other aircraft to boost its air defense so that there is a balance of power.
Turkey, he said, is always makings claims and has problems with its neighbors, the EU and the US.
“Greece is not Turkey’s first problem,” he said, adding that its claims with regard to Greece have to do with domestic policy reasons due to the presence of a far-right party in the government. Turkey's claims, he said, have no legal support.
However, he noted the good relations he enjoys with his Turkish counterpart whom he described as “sincere” in their discussions and that both men are exploring ways to reduce tension in the Aegean.
He said he was not afraid that a military incident or an accident could take place in the Aegean between the two countries.
“If we don't make a mistake, it won’t happen,” he added.
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