Athens assures the Turks that the Greeks are not their “enemies”


(Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has accused Turkish leaders of undermining peace and stability in the wartime eastern Mediterranean but assured the Turkish people that Greece was not a threat to their country.

Greece and Turkey, both members of NATO but historical enemies, have been at odds for decades on a whole series of subjects such as access to energy resources, overflight of the Aegean Sea, the status of demilitarized islands or the partition of Cyprus.

“The leaders of Turkey seem to have a strange fixation on my country. (…) They threaten that Turkey will come at night, if it decides. This is the speech of an aggressor”, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, during a speech before the National Assembly of the United Nations.

“From the UN, I would like to address (…) directly to the Turkish people: Greece does not pose a threat to your country. We are not your enemies, we are neighbors”, he said. yet declared. “Moving forward.”

Tensions between the two countries have recently escalated. Greece has deplored to NATO and the United Nations the recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Athens considers “provocative”.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week accused Greece of “crimes against humanity”, in reference to the treatment of migrants, and he accused Greece in early September of occupying islands in the Aegean Sea with demilitarized island status.

(Report Renee Maltezou, French version Matthieu Protard)


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