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Berlin, Germany – Why Greece is crying ? NATO’s policy of equal distances is not just damaging to Greece but also to the cohesion of the military alliance and as such cannot be “accepted,” Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on the sidelines of a meeting of European defense ministers in Berlin on Wednesday, according to the ministry.

The Greek minister’s comments came after Stoltenberg called for a resolution to mounting tension in the Eastern Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey, in “the spirit of allied solidarity and international law.”

During his Berlin trip, Panagiotopoulos also had the opportunity to present Greece’s position with regard to recent developments in the region to the under-secretary general of the United Nations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and to his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, among others.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s constructive and legal behavior, in combination with the presence of a large number of navy units in the region, secures the risk of an accident and leads to a further de-escalation of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean. Since Greece alone does not have the power to confront Turkey, it is constantly begging for help, protection and patronage from the European Union especially France.