x

Politics

Greece’s Foreign Chief Says US Sanctions on Turkey Had to Happen

December 17, 2020

ATHENS – Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias applauded a United States move to sanction Turkey for buying Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems that could be used against Greece in a conflict and undermine NATO.

Greece, Turkey and the US are members of the defense alliance which hasn't moved to put penalties on Turkey for buying the missile system from an ideological enemy while the European Union has also backed away from sanctions over Turkey's plan to drill for oil and gas off Greek islands.

The US has acted in the waning days of the administration of outgoing President Donald Trump who said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a friend and didn't want to provoke him.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a harder line and Dendias said the sanctions against Turkish defense companies were needed to show that Erdogan “crossed the line,” in dealing with Russia, reported Kathimerini.

Speaking at a conference on regional issues, Dendias said that despite Turkey's aggression that Greece is willing to negotiate but only if the provocations in the Aegean and East Mediterranean stop.

After the EU backed away from even considering sanctions demanded by Greek Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis – who earlier withdrew it to give diplomacy a chance – Erdogan talked even tougher.

Dendias said the US sanctions and the EU's timid warning that it will take up the idea of sanctions in March, 2021 – unless that leads to another delay – could ratchet down the tension with Turkey but Erdogan immediately said he wouldn't be deterred.

Dendias admitted that Greece wanted the EU to confront Erdogan but Germany – home to 2.774 million people of Turkish heritage and a major arms supplier to Turkey, including submarine components that could be used against Greece, blocked it.

Dendias was speaking at the second Southeast Europe & East Med conference, organized by the Delphi Economic Forum, in association with the Hellenic American Leadership Council.

RELATED

ATHENS - Government spokesperson Yiannis Oikonomou on Thursday described the arrival of the first six Rafale military aircraft from France on Wednesday as a geostrategic development of high importance, which makes the Greek Air Force one of the strongest in the region, seals the Defence Agreement with France while promoting the strategic autonomy of the European Union.

Top Stories

Church

NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.

Events

STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.

Politics

LONDON - An editorial in the Times of London - which had always supported the British Museum keeping the stolen Parthenon Marbles - for their return to Athens has prompted Greece to step up the pressure to get them back.

Video

Pentagon Releases First Video of Botched Kabul Airstrike

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has declassified and publicly released video footage of a US drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians in the final hours of a chaotic American withdrawal that ended a 20-year war in Afghanistan.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.