Greek PM Mitsotakis Rips Turkey Over Syria Offensive, Kurd Attacks

PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an interview on Antenna TV, Oct. 14, 2019. (Photo by PM Press Office/Dimitris Papamitsos via Eurokinissi)

ATHENS – Trying to do a difficult balancing act, Greek Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis jumped on the bandwagon condemning Turkey for going into northern Syria to attack the Kurds, American allies against ISIS abandoned by President Donald Trump.

Mitsotakis also wants the European Union to take a stand against Turkish drilling for energy off Cyprus at the same time he wants the bloc to release more aid to Turkey to prevent that country from flooding Greek islands with more refugees and migrants.

He said the EU should impose further sanctions on Turkey over the invasion as well as over its infringement of Cyprus’ sovereign rights.

“We are calling for an immediate ceasefire,” Mitsotakis said in an interview on Antenna TV, adding that the EU would make a “dynamic intervention” during an Aug. 17 meeting of leaders who so far have issued only soft sanctions over the Cyprus drilling.

PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an interview on Antenna TV, Oct. 14, 2019. (Photo by PM Press Office/Dimitris Papamitsos via Eurokinissi)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been uncowed by the sanctions and is pushing ahead with the Syrian invasion and drilling and said if the EU gets in the way he will release 5.5 million refugees and migrants who had gone to Turkey fleeing war and strife in the Middle East, especially Syria and Afghanistan, and want to get to the EU but wind up on Greek islands.

EU foreign ministers said there should be a restriction on arms exports to Turkey but haven’t moved to make it happen yet as Erdogan continues to get his way.

PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an interview on Antenna TV, Oct. 14, 2019. (Photo by PM Press Office/Dimitris Papamitsos via Eurokinissi)

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  1. What would MIstotakis know about sovereign riights.. between him and Tsipras..Greece has no sovereign rights ..since they have turned that over to U.S led EU Nato!

    Nato Turkey.. is doing Nothing different .. than US and Nato invasion of Syria which has slaughtered thousand of Syrians, and for the same reason . fighting Terrorist!

    So Mistotakis .. you have the beginning of the end of the suffering of the Syrian people by the U.S occupation of Syria . which now allegedly is going to end.. and the reuniting with the Syrian Kurds with the Government of Syria to defend the territory of Syria which will remove the real enemies of Syria , ..Nato U.S and Turkey!

    Here is what I would recommend for Mistotakis ..support the end of economic sanctions against the Country of Syria which has starved its people,. which demonstrated that you were supporting the Terrorist in Syria .to weaken the legitimate government of Syria ..to weaken it ability to fight ISIS , Al Queda and the other jihadist armed by U.S and EU members!

    Then, tell U.S .to remove all bases from not only Greece, but Turkey!

    Then end the Protection racket deal with U.S .. and return independence to Greece!

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