Dendias: Germany Should Step Up to Its EU Leadership Role Before Turkey

November 28, 2020

ATHENS — Germany is not standing up to its leadership role in the European Union, when it rejects Athens' call for an arms embargo to be imposed on Turkey, Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias said in an interview to Politico on Saturday.

"I am at a loss to understand Germany's reluctance to use its enormous power emanating from its economy to provide a clear example that countries must observe International Law," the minister said.

Dendias said he could understand the German side, but said he is certain Germany would also understand "the massive contradiction of providing attack weapons to a country that threatens the peace and stability of two EU member countries."

He called on EU leaders to send a clear message to Turkey at the upcoming EU Summit in December, otherwise if they do the same as the did in October's summit, this will mean they have not learned their lesson. "Europe would send a wrong message to all countries in the greater region: whoever acts arbitrarily and violates International Law, whoever blackmails, remains at the end of the day unpunished, or, in the worst case, is even rewarded" for their behavior, Dendias said.


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