PM Mitsotakis: Turkey must face consequences if it persists in provocative actions

The issues between Greece and Turkey concern Europe as well, as they affect the entire Eastern Mediterranean region, noted Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a discussion with Politico journalist Matthew Kaminski, on the sidelines of Lisbon's online "Web Summit 2020". These problems also concern NATO, as they affect its southeastern hub, he observed. Greece has made it clear that Turkey must face the consequences if it continues its provocative actions, the Greek premier stressed. What Turkey does need to pursue in practical terms is "a real policy shift in the Eastern Mediterranean," because "mere words no longer suffice," Mitsotakis highlighted. Asked what he believes the US foreign policy will be on Europe and Turkey under President-elect Joe Biden, the PM said he is looking forward to the new American government "operating in terms of a constructive cooperation with Europe, and seeking a more active US presence in NATO."

 FM Dendias: Europe to show Turkey that its behavior will have consequences

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in an article in "Ta Nea" newspaper sent the message that decisions should be made to show to Turkey that its behavior cannot continue without consequences and that it cannot be allowed to behave in the 21st century with 19th century practices. "These decisions should not be Greece's message, but Europe's message", Dendias stressed and added: "Europe is facing the Turkish Revisionist and is called to make important decisions. Last October's European Council left a window of opportunity for Turkey to comply with international law and end its continuing illegal behavior. Turkey did just the opposite. With ostensibly goodwill gestures, it is now trying to fool Europe. But the European Union is not naive. The European Council in a few days will be called to take important decisions for Turkey. Of course, there is no room for a positive agenda anymore."