Petsas: "Europe's Patience Has Run Was Deceived by Turkey"


Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Vassilis Rembanis)

ATHENS -- The overall climate at the European Council is that "Turkey has proved its unreliability," government spokesperson Stelios Petsas said on Friday, in an interview with public broadcaster ERT1.

"Even some countries, which had believed that Turkey would do what it says, were proved wrong by the developments of the last few days," he said. "We have a climate which shows that Europe's patience has run out, because Europe has been deceived by Turkey," he added.

Regarding what Greece can expect and do, Petsas said that there was an approach on three fronts: "The first is a very clear condemnation of Turkey's provocation in both Famagusta and the Eastern Mediterranean. The second point is that we have to go one step further than the conclusions of the last European Council of October 1-2 because we have two blatant violations of these previous conclusions by Turkey, so we can not stay fixed, and the third is to specify a support net - if Turkey backtracks from the provocations - or sanctions if Turkey continues to provoke."

Answering a relevant question, the spokesperson said that "the red line is always the defence of our sovereignty and sovereign rights."