Greek FM in Berlin: ‘Turkey’s posturing in eastern Mediterranean fraught with danger’

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that Turkey’s “dangerous” maneuvering in the eastern Mediterranean is a “blatant violation” of international law, in joint statements with his German counterpart, Haiko Maas, after their Monday Berlin meeting.

“Despite the very clear messages from the European Union, Turkey continues to grossly violate international law, the sovereignty and sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state, while escalating its rhetoric,”

Dendias added and stressed that via its actions, “Ankara does not help ease tensions.”

Concerning Turkey’s intention to open the enclosed city of Famagusta, the Greek foreign minister said such statements “rather aggravate the situation and do not facilitate the search for a solution to the Cyprus issue.”

Maas reiterated EU’s position in favor of Cyprus concerning (Turkey’s) drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ and advocated the resumption of the dialogue on the Cyprus issue, while noting that “unjustified events” render this more difficult.