A new poll has shown that a majority of Greeks would support military action against Turkey if it violates Athen’s sovereign rights in the region, Greek City Times reported on Friday.
The poll, conducted for Vergina Television, revealed that 56 percent of respondents would support a military response against Turkey if it violated Greece’s maritime or land borders.
A total of 40 percent of respondents said they would favour a diplomatic solution in such an event.
A total of 53 percent of respondents agreed that a unanimous decision among Greek lawmakers should be required to take military action against Turkey.
In the poll, 83 percent of respondents agreed with the construction of a border fence with Turkey, the poll results read.
A total of 1,100 people over the age of 17 participated in the poll conducted between June 4 and June 9.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece have been growing over recent weeks due to a dispute over gas exploration rights off the coast of Cyprus, Turkish violations of Greek airspace, disputes over common borders, and Turkey’s decision to open its land borders in late February to migrants and refugees seeking to enter Greece.
Greece has said that it is willing to use military force to defend its rights and its borders if necessary.
“We do not want to go there, but we want to make it clear that we will do whatever it takes to defend our sovereign rights to the fullest extent possible,” Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said last week.
On Thursday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that Greece’s difficulties with Turkey are also a problem for the European Union, Kathimerini reported.
“When it comes to our relationship with Turkey it is not just a Greek-Turkish problem, it’s an EU-Turkey problem,” Mitsotakis said during an online discussion at the Delphi Economic Forum.
“Greece is a member of the European Union, our security concerns are also the security concerns of the union, when we are guarding our borders, when we are protecting our borders, we are protecting the borders of the EU,” he said.
“If Turkey is thinking about violating the sovereign rights of the Hellenic Republic, not only will it get a response from Greece, I am pretty sure it will get a response from Europe,” Mitsotakis added.