Kyriakos Mitsotakis commented on the out-of-bounds expressions used by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sending a message that there is no question of demilitarization of islands or gray areas.
“Experience shows that the one who sharpens usually does not have the right to do his part,” said the prime minister, noting that Athens remains “focused” on its positions.
“I hope that Erdogan's statements today are an exaggeration of the moment,” he added.
There is no question of demilitarization or gray areas
According to him, “we are waiting for our interlocutors to come to Athens. We have proposed dates and we are waiting for their answer “, he stressed characteristically, in an interview with SKAI, reiterating once again that there is a specific framework of exploratory contacts.
“There is no question of demilitarization of islands or gray areas, it is an issue we are not discussing,” he said. “It is a success for Greece and a sign of maturity of the Greek public opinion that we clearly say that if we disagree on this issue we should go to the International Court of Justice. When one goes to an International Court of Justice one knows that one may not achieve the maximum of one's claims. This is the reality. But we say it and we mean it because we believe we are right. And we have shown that we can make such agreements, as we did with Egypt, as we did with Italy. “With Egypt it was much more difficult, more complex.”
In fact, he said he was satisfied with the policy pursued so far. “Turkey found itself isolated by its tactics, the policy of threatening sanctions had an effect,” he stressed.
As he said, today there is no tension in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, while Turkey sat at the negotiating table.
Asked if Athens and Ankara arrived one step before the hot episode, Mr. Mitsotakis stressed that “there were moments of great tension, anxiety, absolute vigilance.”
However, as he said, “we did not reach a step before the episode, because all parties involved took a step back when necessary.”