The Greek Armed Forces have been placed on a state of operational readiness for the visit of the President of the Greek Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, to Kastellorizo in order to celebrate the 77th anniversary of the island’s liberation.
According to protagon.gr., Katerina Sakellaropoulou’s visit on Sunday comes in the wake of new provocative statements made by Ankara. Especially, the Turkish Minister of National Defense, Hulusi Akar, called on Greece to remain silent so as not to be exploited in the interest of other countries.
This weekend is considered extremely critical by diplomatic sources having regard to the escalation or the de-escalation in the Greek-Turkish relations.
In addition to Katerina Sakellaropoulou’s visit to Kastellorizo, the NAFTEX issued by Turkey on the Oruç Reis seismic research vessel’s activities in the region expired, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Cyprus, the Greek Prime Minister will give a speech in Thessaloniki in which he will send a message to Turkey.