I’m here on the beautiful island of #kastellorizo, the frontline of the #easternmed crisis - reporting for @TheCriticMag.
The island is the easternmost inhabited part of #Greece. It’s almost 600km from Athens but only a few km from #turkey. The population here feels that they are in the frontlines - and they show it. Greek flags painted into almost all the surrounding hills. #easternmed
We love our Turkish neighbours,” people here tell me. We have great relations with Kas just across the water. If there was no #COVID__19 things would be almost as normal.

But times are tense: “drones buzz overhead; planes dogfight in the sky; Turkish ships appear.” #easternmed
“We are defending Greece’s borders: we are it’s outpost. But we are also defending Europe‘s borders. Here you see both the Greek & EU flags flying. We want to see a stronger EU presence On Greek affairs.” #easternmeditteranean
“One morning a Turkish drone suddenly appeared. It was playing the national anthem & Ottoman songs. It flew in rapidly before we could react and we later discovered it had drop paint over a Greek flag painted into the hillside.” #easternmeditteranean
“We want to be good neighbours; we want commerce; we want tourism. But at the end of the day this is about protecting the homeland - which is above all else. That’s how we see this.” #easternmeditteranean #EastMed

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