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Greek National Defense Minister: 'We Will Not Ask Anyone's Permission to Display Our National Sovereignty'

Greek National Defense Minister Panos Kammenos on Tuesday referred to the annoyance expressed by Turkey as regards his visits to military units and underlined that they were carried out on Greek soil and on Greek islands and that he flew inside Greek airspace and over Greek territorial waters.
“Other ministers have made such visits as well. I believe that what was probably most annoying was the fact that the Greek military presence on the land borders, along the Evros River, and on the islands has been reinforced,” he said, adding that “we will not ask anybody for permission to display our national sovereignty.”
Kammenos made the statements in Larissa, central Greece , where he attended the handover ceremony in the 1st Army HQ and the Hellenic Tactical Air Force (HTAF).
Referring to the March 25 Independence Day national holiday military parade in Athens, he said that there will be no barriers along the route to prevent the public from approaching, noting that it will held with the participation of members of the National Guard serving in the northeastern region of Evros and the Dodecanese.
The minister called on the people to come and watch the parade to send a message that the Greeks are united. He said that the military parade “is an act of national sovereignty” and “we should show what’s obvious, namely, that it is the Greek nation and not just the Greek government that negotiates abroad.” He noted that despite any political differences “we should show that we do not surrender our national sovereignty to anybody, regardless of whether the threat is military, political or economic.”
(source: ana-mpa)

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