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Erdogan threatens to attack NATO ally with missile attack

Greater Middle East (, - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last Sunday continued the series of belligerent statements he and his ministers regularly address Greece, this time threatening a neighboring country with a missile attack, "if you do not remain calm ".

“Greece is afraid of our missiles. They say that the Tayfun missile will hit Athens, and it will happen if you do not remain calm,” Erdogan argued, according to the Athens newspaper Kathimerini today, December 12.

Tayfun is a short-range ballistic missile developed by Turkey and tested last October. Its range is up to 560 kilometers, which is more than double the range of currently known missiles in the arsenal of the Turkish army, the newspaper notes.

Threats of this kind are not new, although a potential Typhoon missile strike against a nominal NATO ally has not yet been publicly discussed by the top military-political leadership. A few days ago, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened Greece with an invasion if it does not demilitarize its islands in the Aegean. Cavusoglu said that Turkey "suddenly appears at night." This phrase is often used by Turkish officials, including Erdogan.

With the Turkish head of state facing a difficult re-election next year, there are concerns in Athens that "he may orchestrate an (armed) incident as an act of desperation," the publication said.

Amid ongoing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, Erdogan has previously said that Greece is not equal to Turkey politically, economically or militarily.

As reported by, Greece provoked an angry reaction from the military-political leadership of Turkey, a nominal NATO ally, after Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, during a visit to the United States in May this year, urged the American side to refuse to supply Ankara with F-16 fighter jets. The Turkish leader said that from now on the Greek prime minister "no longer exists" for him.

Erdogan threatens to attack NATO ally with missile attack