N. Dendias: Greece is not going to feed the escalation of tension with Turkey with constant statements
“The Greek side has given a clear sample of writing,” Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said at a summit in Southeast Europe, answering a reporter’s question about the Turkish provocation.
Mr. Dendias noted that what is important is to realize that the revisions are leading nowhere, adding that Greece is not going to feed this escalation of tension with constant statements.
In detail what Mr. Dendias stated:
Our Presidency for the Cooperation Process in South East Europe ends here in Thessaloniki today.
Our agenda was clear. It is the agenda we always have: the European perspective, European values, the rule of law, human rights, stability, economic development.
It is our great pleasure to host the Heads of State and Government.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have the opportunity to develop the firm Greek positions and, I think, to take another step forward compatible with our foreign policy as it develops in all areas.
JOURNALIST: We see, Mr. Minister, that in the last few days a revisionist narrative has been systematically prepared by the Turkish side with successive statements at the highest level. At the heart of all demilitarization is this illegal demand for the demilitarization of the islands, linking it, in fact, with national sovereignty. What are our next steps, both in the field and in diplomacy in particular?
DENDIAS Prefecture: I think that the Greek side has given a clear sample of writing. We are not going to contribute with insulting statements, with irregular, illegal, irrational claims with claims beyond the limits of International Law to a constant escalation with the neighbor Turkey. We always look forward to resolving all disputes within the framework of International Law, the International Law of the Sea, with the clear priority of protecting the territorial integrity of all states. What matters, I think, for Europe, for the world, is to realize that revisions are leading nowhere. I think this is the great lesson that emerges from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And to be able to communicate on the real basis of the problems, that is, the creation of prosperity and cooperation between peoples. I repeat, Greece is not going to feed this escalation of tension with constant statements. We move to another perception and another logic.