Petsas: De-Escalation or Sanctions

September 5, 2020

ATHENS — Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said that the message to Turkey aired by both Greece and the international community is clear: "be done with provocations, so that talks can begin," speaking on SKAI TV on Saturday.

He pointed up that the framework agreed upon at the recent EU Foreign Affairs Council and also addressed to the Turkish President is just as clear: "de-escalation or sanctions."

"For the first time we have a list of sanctions, which are strict and can be implemented in whole or in part. Unless there is an imminent de-escalation, it is certain that things will be very difficult for Erdogan at the European Council on September 24,25," he underlined.

"The NATO secretary general's talk about an alleged agreement should not have taken place. He had to stay at the technical level, as per his proposal, and not create impressions either abroad or at home. We have said many times that whoever holds public office must act with the seriousness required by the office he holds," adding that the only open issue with Turkey is the delimitation of maritime zones.



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