Greek Foreign Chief Says Not Seeking Anti-Turkish Alliances

FILE- Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

ATHENS – After Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis moved to build an international alliance against Turkish provocations, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias insisted it was not anti-Turkish.

Instead, said Dendias, Greece was trying to build support for cooperation in the Aegean and East Mediterranean, downplaying earlier statements, including from Mitsotakis, that Greece would do whatever it takes to defend itself against Turkish aggression.

Ahead of going to Italy and Malta to further strengthen Greece’s hand, Dendias told Thema radio that the campaign is not about creating an “anti-Turkish front, but a front for reason,” although Turkey has said the same about Greece.

Denidas is also planning a trip to Algeria and talks with representatives from Indonesia and Vietnam before reaching out to the United Nations Security Council with no explanation why those Asian countries would care about a Greece-Turkey confrontation.

“We want the countries that have a say on and involvement in regional issues to have complete awareness of the Greek positions and understand that we represent the voice of reason. If Turkey wants to adopt it too, no one would be happier than me,” he said.

“Implementing the rules of international law in the region helps all of our societies. Turkey doesn’t always get this,” Dendias added, according to Kathimerini.

At the same time, he said it wasn’t significant that a Turkish energy ship, the Oruc Reis, sailed into Greek waters earlier although that came after Turkey and Libya signed a deal dividing the seas between them.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wants to drill for oil and gas off Crete as Turkey is doing unlawfully in Cypriot sovereign waters, ignoring calls from that country’s legitimate government and the United States to stop, and with the European Unio to which Cyprus belongs issuing only soft sanctions.

“There may have been an unnecessary amount of attention given to the incident by public opinion,” he said, without mentioning it came from the government, with reports the Turkish ship was likely off course.. “I am always of the opinion that we should not give the other side the impression that it can raise the temperature here whenever it likes.”

““I truly believe that Greece and Turkey can figure things out; it is in both our interests,” he said with no sign Erdogan wants that.

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  1. Dendias… of course he seeks any alliance ..with any crime family to not protect Greeks, but the political elite of the Greek Government ..to make believe they represent the interest Greece, when in fact they are merely foreign diplomates running Greece~

    Dendias…is a coward and traitor to Greeks.. in completely turing over the military sovereignty of Greece , and turning Greece into the First Multinational International foreign body , outside of the U.N to now take over Greece and all properties and lands of greece.

    Dendias ..now take his orders for EU, NATO, US……..not Greeks~ the only masters in greece are located in Brussels and Washington~ All these bodies of foreign citizens ..occupy the halls of Greece, the military of Greece , the lands of greece..and have dictated the U.S and Nato wars which murdered millions in the middle East and created the migrant crisis in Greece~ Who demanded that Greece take in middle east migrants filed with Sunni Muslim terrorist of Saudi Arabia and UAE. Who told greece to wage economic war fare on Venezuela, Russia, Iran, Syria , Iraq ..which Greece complies with~

    The Greek and Cypriot government are the sewer of corruption are not Greeks ,,,merely U.S , EU, and Nato Agents~

    Greeks ..is this what you want…like America … there is no democracy in america ..it is ruled by a body of Corporate and Private Billionaires …who own our government to serve their interests thru perpetual wars~

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