Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday criticized European and Western countries for protecting "terrorist" organizations, including the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the movement of imam Fethulhah Gulen, who is in exile in the United States.
"While we are destroying nests of terror, members of terrorist organizations have openly set up camps for themselves in several other countries. The murderers who shed the blood of our citizens are accepted in almost all European countries, especially in the Lavrion camp in Greece. They can walk freely there," he told a rally at Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) headquarters in Ankara.
Erdogan's remarks came a day after one policeman was killed and another wounded in a PKK attack on a police station in the southern Turkish province of Mersin.
Erdgoan also issued a serious warning to Greece. Condemning what he considered the "secret occupation" of the islands of Lesbos and Samos, he accused the neighboring country of violating international law by deploying armored vehicles on the Aegean islands.
"The weapons accumulated in Western Thrace and the islands will mean nothing to us, because our power is far above them, but we remind you that this means secret invasion," he said.
Erdogan said that Turkey does not want the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to be covered with blood, tears or hostility.
"We want peace and tranquility", underlined the Turkish president. He added that Greece is not equal to Turkey in terms of military power and threatened that the neighbor would sink into the quagmire in the event of a confrontation.
"This is a dangerous game of politicians, the state and the Greek people, and those who use them as puppets," Erdogan concluded.