Greek PM Sends Letter on “Turkish Provocations” to EU

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a letter to the leadership of the European Union in connection with the « Turkish provocations » and Ankara’s intention to begin exploration of oil and gas off the Greek coast, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said at a briefing on Thursday.

« After Turkey’s provocative and illegal behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean, culminating in a Turkish government newspaper publishing an application for a hydrocarbon exploration and production license by the state Turkish oil company, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent letters to European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, » said Petsas.

« It is clear that a possible escalation by Turkey will not lead to a Greek-Turkish crisis, but to a crisis in the EU’s common relations with Turkey, » the government official said.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Monday that Turkey was trying to appropriate Greece’s sovereign rights and called provoking the issuance of a license for oil and gas exploration on the Greek continental shelf.

On Monday, the Turkish ambassador to Athens was called to the Greek Foreign Ministry, and a protest was announced.

Petsas said that a meeting or a telephone conversation between Mitsotakis and Turkish President Erdogan has not yet been planned.

When asked if the Turkish vessels on the Greek continental shelf would become a casus belli (the reason for declaring war) for the Greek government, Petsas replied: “I would not want to give characteristics at this moment, except that we are doing everything necessary to protect our sovereign rights. »

The government representative also said that some media reports on the movement of migrants in the Evros area from the Turkish side of the border are not confirmed.


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