Athens, Greece – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who said that the crisis with Turkey can be solved through dialogue, again resorted to threatening language after Ankara’s latest Navtex announcement: either they withdraw or they suffer the consequences of the name. Mitsotakis also said that they are holding high-level talks with Turkey.
In the tension between Turkey and Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean, tension is rising and falling.
Despite Turkey’s call for dialogue, Athens again resorted to threatening language.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who has played down NATO’s role as a mediator in the tensions, dropped the tone of his statements when the Oruç Reis ship returned to the coast of Antalya.
“The return of Oruç Reis is a positive first step. I hope you never go back. We want to meet with Turkey in an atmosphere where there is no provocation. The only solution to the problems between the two countries should be dialogue,” he said.
But the latest Navtex announced by Turkey on the Yavuz ship changed Mitsotakis ‘ position again. Prime Minister Mitsotakis, who almost threatened Turkey under the name of warning, said: “Turkey has two options. Either they will engage constructively with Europe, or they will continue their illegal activities and suffer the consequences,” he said.
“We have not met with Mr. (President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, but our advisers are in contact,” Mitsotakis said at an event Wednesday evening. I think it is important… if the process continues like this, I am open to the launch of exploratory talks very, very soon,” he said.
“Turkey continues its provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean, ” the GCA leader Nikos Anastasiadis said after the meeting, welcoming European Council President Charles Michel in Nicosia yesterday. Unfortunately, Turkey’s declared Navtex extended the illegal drilling activities of the Yavuz ship. The GCA is always ready for dialogue, but it is not under threat,” he said.
Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis said the European Union (EU) should impose tougher sanctions to force Turkey to end “illegal” hydrocarbon exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Noting the Union’s consensus on imposing sanctions on 20 Belarusian officials for rigging elections and alleged violence, the leader of Southern Cyprus also said “double standards should not be applied” in the attitude towards Turkey.
During a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel in Nicosia, the capital, Anastasiades touched on Turkey’s hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
In an earlier statement, the president said that the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean are fragile and worrying because of Turkey’s “aggressive attitude”. in this meeting, he reiterated his concern and demanded that the European Union impose sanctions on Turkey.