avij wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegean_dispute has quite a lot of material regarding these tensions..
Very interesting, thanks.
Turkish planes might be flying over Greece (or what you consider to be Greece, I don't know), but I really don't believe they would ever fire their weapons.
If a fully armed russian plane flew over Turku, I would find it annoying, but not frightening.
And about giving land to USSR.. I find it completely positive that Russians got Petroskoi (in Finnish it was "Äänislinna" for a short while), because it wasn't rightfully Finnish territory anyway. However, I'm very sad for the losses of Petsamo and Carelia, because they were originally Finnish.
I should remind you that Italy,Germany and Bulgaria occupied Greece during WW2.These islands were placed under a demilitarization statute after the Second World War by the Treaty of peace with Italy (1947), when Italy ceded them to Greece. Italy had previously not been under any obligation towards Turkey in this respect. Turkey, in turn, was not a party to the 1947 treaty, having been neutral during WWII.
from avij link
The same applies to the Greek-Turkish border. I find it very odd that Greece owns the islands that are only a short distance away from Turkish mainland. I don't know about the history of those islands, but I can't believe they have "just always been" Greek. However, if they have been inhabitet solely by Greek people, I do understand the point of keeping them Greece.
But then again, you have yourself mentioned that the Turkish army had taken over an uninhabitet rock. If that's the case, then I don't really understand where the problem lies.
Because the Turkish government says it's not Greek territory. The national sea space around a Greek island is 6 nautical miles, but for some reason the air space around the same island is 10 nautical miles. As far as I know, the national air space and sea space of a country are usually the same
The delimitation of national airspace claimed by Greece is exceptional, as it does not coincide with the boundary of the territorial waters. Greece claims 10 miles (18.5 km) of airspace, as opposed to 6 miles (11.1 km) of water. Since 1974, Turkey has refused to acknowledge the validity of those outer 4 miles (7.4 km) of airspace that extend beyond the Greek territorial waters. Turkey cites the statutes of the ICAO of 1948, as containing a binding definition that both zones must coincide. Against this, Greece argues (1) that its 10-mile claim predates the ICAO statute, having been fixed in 1931, and that it was acknowledged by all its neighbours, including Turkey, before and after 1948, hence constituting an established right;,(2) that its 10-mile claim can also be interpreted as just a partial, selective use of the much wider rights guaranteed by the Law of the Sea, namely the right to a 12-mile (22.2 km) zone both in the air and on the water, and (3) that Greek territorial waters are only set at the 6 mile boundary because of Turkey's casus belli
from avij link