Finally, despite the threats aimed at the internal audience and what he had said in the previous days, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in his speech at the NATO Summit, made no reference to the Greek-Turkish issue, and strictly limited himself to its subject. agenda.
According to Greek journalists from Madrid, his placement, a few hours after signing the memorandum with Sweden and Finland, was extremely short. In his statement, Erdogan did not mention, as he threatened, the issue of the Aegean islands and their alleged militarization by Greece, an issue that is dominant in the agenda of his election campaign and could, under certain conditions, be the material of the Alliance.
In his speech, Erdogan, like all other speakers, referred mainly to Ukraine. The climate at the Summit is one of full support for Ukraine and condemnation of the Russian invasion. In this context, the speech of the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be.
The statement of Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the nail on the coffin for Turkey
Earlier in the day, the Greek Prime Minister welcomed the agreement on the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, while reserving a nail in the coffin of Turkey, noting that “common sense and the good of the Alliance prevailed and any opportunistic and utilitarian behaviors have been overcome. ” Elsewhere in his statement he noted that the Western Alliance does not need another source of instability (outside Ukraine).
“We are meeting today at the NATO Summit, in the shadow of a war. The Russian invasion of Ukraine marks a turning point in geopolitical time,” he said.
Today we are facing new important geopolitical challenges. And I want to express my satisfaction because in the new strategic doctrine, which we will adopt shortly, its introduction includes the protection of sovereignty, territorial integrity, international law, but also human rights as the value framework on which it is based. our Alliance.
I would also like to welcome the fact that today the Alliance will invite Finland and Sweden to become the 31st and 32nd members of the Alliance. Eventually the common sense and the good of the Alliance prevailed and any opportunistic and utilitarian behaviors were overcome.
Greece has been a member of NATO since 1952. We are an important pillar of stability in the southeastern Mediterranean, we are a country that systematically invests more than 2% of its GDP in defense spending, thus shielding not only our own defensive deterrent. but also the structures of the Alliance.
As a pillar of stability, then, in the south-eastern wing of NATO we have every reason to believe that at this time the Alliance’s commitment should be to the challenge it faces on the Ukrainian front. We do not need any other source of instability within the Alliance and I believe that is something that all our partners understand. ”