Greek Defense Minister Says Belligerent Turkey Rule-Breaker

ATHENS – Joining Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ complaint that Turkey’s aggressive behavior is getting worse, Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said it has to stop, even though it shows no signs of doing so.

“We would like to be able to engage with Turkey but Turkey has to play by the rules. Turkey should not be playing by its own rules, especially rules like the rule of military might and unilateral actions,” he told a conference, said Reuters.

He said that while Greece is open to dialogue despite Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not talking to Mitsotakis that Turkey can’t have its own agenda of demands and get away with it.

While Erdogan also said there would be no more communications between the countries he let defense chief Hulusi Akar talk to Panagiotopoulos although what they discussed remained a secret.

Panagiotopoulos’ call for Turkey to abide by the rules was an apparent reference to Greece saying the international rules of law should be followed although Turkey only recognizes parts of treaties in its favor.

Turkey warned of possible military action unless Greece takes troops off Aegean islands near Turkey’s coast and said it would be a cause for war if Greece doubles its maritime boundaries.

Turkey has also been sending F-16 fighter jets into Greek airspace and Erdogan said he would again send an energy research vessel and warships off Greek islands to hunt for oil and gas at some point.



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