Now, US Wants to Ratchet Down Greece-Turkey Tensions

File- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, hosts a reception for Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the State Department, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON – After US President Donald Trump – meeting in Washington with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis – wouldn’t commit to intervening to stop Turkish aggression in the Aegean and East Mediterranean, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would act.

Pompeo said the US has plans for a “diplomatic initiative” to bring down the tension between Greece and Turkey but wouldn’t say what it was as Trump offered only vague, general support for Athens.

Speaking to Kathimerini after the Mitsotakis-Trump sit-down, Pompeo said the initiative will be launched soon to address growing friction between Greece and Turkey following the signing of a deal between Turkey and Libya dividing the seas between them, claiming waters off Greek islands including Rhodes and plans to drill for energy off Crete.

Sources not named told the paper that the US and Greece will have discussions on how to proceed with Trump backing Erdogan but wanting to keep good relations with Greece, after the renewal last year of a military cooperation deal and wanting a bigger military presence.

Greece, the US and Turkey belong to NATO, which said it wants no part of the trouble between Greece and Turkey although Turkey bought Russian S-400 missile defense systems that could compromise the security of the defense alliance.

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  1. “Pompeo said the US has plans for a “diplomatic initiative” to bring down the tension between Greece
    and Turkey but wouldn’t say what it was as Trump offered only vague, general support for Athens.”
    What a brilliant and ingenious plan! That’s precisely the language Turkey understands…

    1. Welcome to the organized crime family of the United States and Nato.! Al Capone Trump and Lucky luciano Pompeo..who just in broad daylight commited a homicide of military attaches of Iran, because they were cutting into the Territory of a country, because there will good intelligence he ..now discribed by the corrupt media and Trump …as the most notorious terrorist in History ..who just happened to be visiting occupied Iraq by Trump!

      While I would love to see the Trump intervene, not with bombs and murder, to reduce tensions with Turkey diplomatically and resolve any issues..we all should be reminded that the Iranian General was visiting Iraq to review a plan to reduce tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran! Thats right brain dead Greek American Despora…the purveyor of the dismembership of a Washington Post Journalist , the State sponsor of the real Sunni Muslim terrorist who have killed hundreds of thousand of Orthodox Christians, and Shia Muslim thruout the Middle East ..help set the hit up with Donnie!

      Bluff ..there is no longer any need to debate the veracity of the fact …that the United States is the greatest threat to the peace of the world ..as a Gallop Poll of the countries of the world concluded!

      That are worst than any Fascist or Marxist empire ever seen on the face of the earth! Come to Grips with reality! We are dealing with nothing ever really seen in history!

      The problem is we are impotent to stop them!

      Remove U.S bases.

    2. Dont trust the yanks. Greece has options as their is China that has interest in Greece and the Mediterranean

    1. What is Pompeo thinking while turning away?

      Perhaps it is “I sure put one over on him.”

      Or maybe “I hope the all-you-can-eat buffet is still open.”

    2. Greece needs to develop it’s own mlrs, cannons, rockets, missles and have it’s own chemical and biological weapons

  2. Gentlemen.. Lucky Luciano Pompeo ..who once told an audience at Texas Tech University ..the heart of the Evangelical bible toting white supremacist …that as C,i,A director “..I lied , cheated and stole” in my foreign affairs, is laughing at another lap dog in the Greek Government ,who has just been slapped in the face..and told to beg. for allowing Pompeo to keep him as Governor of Greece!

    To this end,.he then hands him a purchase order for Greece to sign ..for U.S F-35:s to be delivered in 8 years! He than tell him to continue his good work with Geoffey Pyatt and Ahepan Scarface Robert Menendez …to sign the East Med Partnerhip energy Agreement which turns over oil and gas resources of Greece to the control of Donnie Trump, Bibi Nentayahue ..the Godfathers of America and Israel ..and of course their financial benefactor Exxon Mobil!

    But Mistotakis and his band of right wing Aristocrats.are not done in pleasing the Fuerer!..

    .Pompeo gets MIstotakis and his ALT foreign Minister to endorse Donald Trumps ASSASSINATIONS, ACTS OF WAR AGAINST IRAQ AGAIN.AND NOW IRAN.AND THE ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF IRAQ !

    FORGET WHAT MISTOTAKIS HAS JUST DONE IN ENDORSING WHAT TRUMP DID IN IRAQ…HE SAVE THE BEST FOR WHAT HE HAS JUST DONE FOR TURKEY!

    IN SUPPORTING PUBLICLY THE ATROCITIES IN IRAQ,.HE NOW LEGITIMIZES THE MAIN ALLY OF TH E U.S. GOVERNMENT…TURKEY TO ASSASSINATE, INVADE , WAGE WARS , AND OCCUPY THE TERRITORIES OF GREECE, CYPRUS, SYRIA, AND LIBYA!

    1. CONT…

      MISTOTAKIS ..ALSO, HAS MADE THE ENEMIES OF AMERICA AND iSRAEL ..THE ENEMIES OF GREECE… LIKE IRAQ, SYRIA, AFGANISTAN, IRAN,, RUSSIA, PAKISTAN, SERBIA..AND ANY OTHER COUNTRY WHO HAS BEEN INVADED BY U.S AND NATO !

      LIKE I SAID ..MISTOTAKIS AND THE GREEK GOVERNMENT AS PART OF U.S LED NATO ARE ALSO ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE ATROCITIES AND ARMING OF TERRORIST REBELS TO DESTROY THE MIDDL E EAST BASED ON LIES WHICH NON OTHER THAN DONALD TRUMP HAL S REVEALED TO THE WORLD!

      GENTLEMEN… WHAT MORE EVIDENCE DO YOU NEED AS TO WHAT WE IN AMERICA ARE FACING, WHICH IS THE SAME FOR GREEKS!

      A TYRANNICAL ORGANIZED CRIME FAMILILY OF MOBSTERS RUNNING AMERICA, ISRAEL AND SAUDI ARABIA ..WHO ARE ADVANCING ON THE WORLD .AND BRINGING WITH THEM..WARS AND MORES …AND WHICH WE WILL LEAVE AS A CURSE ON OUR GRANDCHILREN..IF WE DO NOT STAND UP …AND SAY NO TO YOUR WAR..AND NO TO OUR MONEY THAT PAYS YOU TO KILL FOR 1 PERCENT OF THE DEMONIC POPULATION OF THE WORLD! THROW MISTOTAKIS AND THE ENTIRE CORRUPT GOVERNEMT OF GREECE OUT , CLOSE ALL FOREIGN BASES, AND TELL THE U.S DEMONS..LIKE WHAT THE iRAQIS HAVE NOW TOLD TRUMP…GET OUT OF OUR COUNTRY AND TAKE YOUR WAR MACHINE OUT …WE WILL NOT LET YOU MAKE IRAQ YOUR KILLING FIELD TO WAGE WAR ON OUR FOREIGN NEIGHBORS!

      DONALD TRUMP HAS SERVED HUMANITY WELL ..IN EXPOSING THAT AMERICA IS ONLY EXCEPTIONAL AT HOMICIDE FROM 39,000 FEET UP!

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