A Turkish drone dropped red paint on the Greek flag painted on a huge rock next to the Kastellorizo port on Saturday, forcing the Foreign Ministry to issue a statement condemning the Turkish act.
The provocative act came only days after the two neighboring countries and NATO allies agreed to go to exploratory talks on issues regarding Greece’s continental shelf and the sovereignty of certain Aegean islands.
Turkey is disputing Greece’s sovereignty on Kastellorizo due to its close proximity to the Turkish shores.
On Sunday, Greece’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the Turkish act:
“We unequivocally condemn yesterday’s insult of the Greek flag in Kastellorizo.
Such unacceptable actions are intended to dynamite the prospects of de-escalating tension between the two countries.
We expect the Turkish authorities to immediately condemn and investigate the incident so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.”