EU Not Ready to Help Greece over Turkish Provocations

FILE- European Union leaders attend a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

BRUSSELS – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ appeal to the European Union to get Turkey to back off from a deal with Libya that claims large swathes of Greek seas was met with lip service and press releases but no sanctions or other actions.

Fearful that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will unleash millions more refugees and migrants on the bloc through already overwhelmed Greek islands, the EU’s leaders have been reluctant to get tough on him.

Erdogan had already position drillships in Cypriot waters to look for oil and gas, ignoring denunciations from the island’s government, Greece, the United States and soft EU sanctions that have had no effect.

After that he fashioned the deal with Libya which Greece said goes against international laws that Turkey doesn’t recognize unless it’s in its favor and Mitsotakis, the New Democracy leader, turned to the EU to help but got none.

The new European Commission President, Ursula von Der Leyen – a former defense minister for Germany – told a meeting of parliamentary group leaders of the center-right  European People’s Party (EPP) that the EU has Greece’s back, in words.

“We are on your side, Turkey’s action in the Aegean is unacceptable, we will send a clear message to Turkey,” she was reported by EurActiv as saying after Spain’s Joseph Borell, the EU’s foreign affairs chief, said the Turkey-Libya deal “is a cause of serious concern.”

“We express our solidarity and our support to Greece and Cyprus,” he said during a press conference after the meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers in Brussels after Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the EU should condemn Turkey and consider sanctions, which Erdogan ignored.

“It’s clear that it is problematic. It poses major concerns to certain member states, in particular Greece and Cyprus,”  Borrell told reporters after chairing a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers in Brussels.
Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt, which lie between Turkey and Libya geographically, have blasted the accord as being contrary to international law.

Borrell declined to say that the agreement breaks the law, but he said that “we are going to be studying this question very closely, being clear that any agreement must respect international law.”

“The Netherlands is always a staunch supporter of the rule of international law, and we side with Greece,” said Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok. “International law should be upheld.”

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said “it’s a little bit astounding how they split up the Mediterranean among themselves. We’ll have to see how we deal with it.”

Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt, which lie between Turkey and Libya geographically, have blasted the accord as being contrary to international law.

In Cairo, Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Al warned that “Egypt will not stand idle by while a foreign country is threatening its interests,” according to the official MENA news agency.

“Anyone who approaches the maritime, air, and land borders of Egypt should review himself. We will not accept or allow any mess at or close to our borders,” he was quoted as saying, in another reference to Turkey.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)

3 Comments

  1. All Greek politicians run to the EU, UN, USA, etc, Stand up like a man and forget everyone else. Tired of the wimpy so called men in greece.

    1. Pavlo…they are not wimpy…merely servants and collaborators of what is an International Aristocracy of Corporate, Private, and financial Billionaires using and enforcing their rule of the world thru a Marxist Stalinist police state called the United States, EU and Nato!

      Greece has surrendered it sovereignty to act in its interests completely or its populations interests!

      With the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union,..apparently, the leaders and corrupt politicians of the former Warsaw Pact merely changed allegiance to their New Masters called Nato..who is no different than the old soviet Blocs..where all their decisions must be approved by a central Proletariate in Washington and Brussels!

      The number one enemy of the state.is the populace of Greece, who demand that their leaders represent their interests, not a ruling body of degenerate financial prostitutes who could care less about Greece’s interests, only what will benefit their interests and their sponsors!

      U.S War department Secretary, and former V.P of Ratheon Military Contrator .“Our National Defense Strategy emphasizes that our principal concern is to counter China’s, and Russia’s sovereign independence, its growing regional and global influence, it economic, financial, military and technological development, he failed to explain, adding:

      “I need to redeploy (Pentagon) forces to the area” to increase the US military footprint in a part of the world,.but not its own, like Greece!

  2. cont…

    They simply are using Greece to advance their goals to take over the Economic , Political , and Military sovereignty of the world ..and anybody that get in their way is an enemy of the State ..like Russia, China, Iran etc etc…who are capable of defending there right to do business with anybody they wish!
    Therefore, they did not make Turkey the second largest army in Europe and Middle East to not represent their interests, but to advance there interests to suppress Russia’s sovereignty and growth, and make them compliant to U.S and Nato!

    Turkey is in the interests of Brussels and Washington, and they will do nothing to threaten their relationship with them ..including allowing them to murder, and ethnically cleanse Greek Cyrpiots from N. Cyprus and Kurds from Northern Syria with U.S compliance! This is hilarious…the U.S maintains U.S bases in Turkey and Saudi Arabia…the leaders of religious and ethnic genocide in the Middle East …and supports all there war crimes!

    Really Mistotakis.. U.S and Nato bases to protect the Greek Populace? No, Misto ..to protect you and your corrupt traitors in the government of Greece, like the Royal families of Saudi Arabia, Qatar { Theros buddies} and Turkey! The U.S also controls when they want to remove you …like the attempted Coup of Edrogan, and the successful coup of the Greek government in 1967 to the Junta!

    Remove U.S , Nato and EU from Greece..they are degenerate oppressors!

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