Greece Asks EU Countries Not to Sell Arms to Turkey
Greece has asked other EU countries not to sell military equipment and materials to Turkey, and to suspend its membership in the customs union. This was announced by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday in Nicosia at the end of the tripartite summit, which was also attended by Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The Prime Minister, whose speech was broadcast by the ERT-1 TV channel, reminded that Greece had sent relevant letters to the German and Spanish Foreign Ministries. In addition, Athens has addressed to the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Olivér Várhelyi with the request to stop the work of the EU customs union with Turkey.
According to Mitsotakis, the Greek authorities « in the face of aggressive Turkey, are asking European states not to sell any more military equipment and materials to Turkey, which, however, provides for alliance legislation of arms sales since 2008. » It is impossible for the side of the world itself to supply [the aggressor] with bullets that the other side can use against the member states of the European Union, » stressed the Greek government.
At the same time, he said, Greece is asking for numerous violations of the EU-Turkey customs union agreement to be recorded. « A third state – a candidate country for membership in the European Union – cannot be exempt from duties, benefit from a single market and at the same time threaten the eastern borders of the European Union and cause upheaval across the Mediterranean ».
Greece is in the east of the EU and stresses that its borders are also the external borders of the European Union, which should protect them from violations by non-EU Turkey.