Turkey – Why Erdogan denies the Lausanne Treaty
It is obvious that, by questioning the Treaty of Lausanne, Erdogan’s recent rhetoric could be considered a part of his internal political considerations. What is not obvious, however, is that Erdogan’s speech constitutes a qualitative leap in a plethora of Turkish aspirations which began in 1973. Then, Ankara had raised claims to the continental shelf of the eastern Aegean. What soon followed was the challenging of the boundaries of the Greek FIR (control area of civil aviation flights) and the rejection of Greek airspace of 10 miles. In fact, Ankara – from 1973 to 1974 – began building the conditions for a peculiar “siege” of the Greek islands of the eastern Aegean, which would prospectively allow Turkey to raise territorial claims even further.