February 8, 2023

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Greek Prime Minister does not believe in a war with Turkey

Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that he does not believe in the worst-case scenario and an armed conflict with Turkey, despite the statements of the Turkish leadership.

At a press conference in Alexandroupolis, when asked if a “worst case scenario” is possible in bilateral relations, the Prime Minister replied:

“No, I don’t believe we’re going to have a hot episode. I’m concerned about Turkey’s increased rhetoric. I urge Turkey to realize that turning foreign policy into a tool for internal party use is not the right strategy.”

According to Mitsotakis, Greece is ready to sit down at the negotiating table and in this way, taking into account international law, resolve the “only difference” with Turkey, which concerns the delimitation of maritime zones in the Aegean Sea and in the Eastern Mediterranean. He noted:

“I hope that we have seen a crescendo of rhetoric with all that they were saying that they will come to Greece one night” and now the tone will decrease. But in no case will Greece accept instructions on how to exercise its sovereignty and its sovereign It is clear that it needs to strengthen the armed forces, as well as containment projects, like the border fence on Evros. Fencethat has already been built, has been very efficient.”

The Turkish President has stated several times that “the Turks may come suddenly at night” if the Greek provocations continue. Erdogan has refused to communicate with Kyriakos Mitsotakis since May 2022. He stated that the Prime Minister of Greece violated the agreements reached at their meeting in March and for him from now on there is no such politician as Mitsotakis. According to him, Turkey cooperates with honest politicians who keep their promise, writes RIA News.

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