Mitsotakis: Dialogue with Turkey "not at gunpoint"

Greek parliament, about dts
Greek parliament, about dts
The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has accused Turkey of behaving "less like a partner and more like a provocateur" in the territorial disputes in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed an "illegal maritime law agreement" with one of the civil war parties in Libya, which takes no account of the rights of third countries, Mitsotakis writes in a guest article for the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". Greece has no interest in worsening tensions.

But his country has "the military strength to repel any Turkish aggression," said Mitsotakis. However, a military confrontation is not in anyone's interest. Greece is in favor of a dialogue with Turkey, "but not at gunpoint". Turkey has a choice. If Erdogan chooses the path of dialogue, he still has the chance of a far-reaching agreement with the EU from which all sides would benefit. If the Greek-Turkish conflicts cannot be resolved through direct talks, he advocates referring to the International Court of Justice, Mitsotakis said. He wonders what Ankara has to fear from the rule of law, said the Greek head of government.