Greek PM demands answers over map showing islands as Turkish

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on Turkey to explain the controversial map that was shared on social media.

The image shows several large inhabited Greek islands in the Aegean that are claimed to belong to Turkey.

The card was reportedly given to Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of a nationalist party linked to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, by the young ultra-nationalist Gray Wolves group.

On Sunday, the head of the organization tweeted a photo of the map, claiming that the “splendid Turkish flag” had been “usurped by Greece”.

“Look carefully at this map. Crete, Rhodes, Lesbos, Chios, Samos, everything is swallowed up by Turkey.” – Mitsotakis wrote on Monday.

Feverish dream of extremists or official policy of Turkey? Another provocation or the true goal? President Erdogan should make clear his position on the latest antics of his junior coalition partner.”

Relations between Greece and Turkey have been tense for decades over a number of issues, including underwater exploration rights and the sovereignty of uninhabited islands.

Recent spats have centered on the Greek islands off the coast of Turkey, where Ankara accuses Athens of maintaining a military presence in breach of treaties.

Greece claims to be acting in accordance with international law and defending its islands in the face of Turkish hostility.