x

Politics

Petsas: If Turkey Continues to Stoke Tension, It Will Face Sanctions

October 13, 2020

ATHENS — As long as ships, such as the Oruc Reis, remain in the region, Greece will not agree to resume exploratory talks with Turkey, stated government spokesperson Stelios Petsas on Tuesday, speaking to SKAI radio. He underlined that the Greek side was not surprised by Turkey's latest provocations, adding that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has spoken on the phone with European Council President Charles Michel and asked that the issue of Turkish provocativeness be discussed at the next EU Summit, saying that if Turkey continues to stoke tension there will be consequences.

As Petsas said: "the sole object of the exploratory talks is to settle the only difference between Greece and Turkey, which is the delimitatiion of the maritime zones".

He also said that "some of our European partners believed that Turkey is trustworthy and have witnessed the extent of its unreliability. We are ready to do everything we can to prevent tension but when we are provoked we will be there, to show that we can defend our sovereign rights. We will always call on the other side to resolve the issue that exists within the framework that has also been agreed at a European Council level. We are not going into hibernation; on the contrary, we are fully alert."

Regarding the US stance, he added, this was the first time in many decades that the US had departed from a policy of equal distances and the American side clearly supported Greek positions.

Petsas said that Greece's next moves will be outlined by the prime minister after his meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday evening.

The Greek side always placed emphasis on diplomacy, he added, noting that "we have right and our allies on our side. So, this gives us strength and at the same time we have military force and unity within so that we can deter any threat against our sovereign rights – and this we will do".

He also noted that Europe, following the special European Council of October 1-2, has created a framework which it can and will put into action, provided there is an interlocutor on the other side that also wants to reach a diplomatic settlement and not continued tension. "If Turkey continues the tension it will face sanctions," he said.

RELATED

TRIPOLIS - Over 200 projects are included in the Comprehensive Development Plan for the Region of the Peloponnese for 2030, totalling 5.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Mission…To Tunisia Part 2 – A TNH Documentary by Clelia Charissis (Video)

The coveted exotic beauty of Tunisia is revealed by the 2nd episode of our Mission…To Tunisia – A TNH Documentary.

AL WAKRAH — Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved three penalty kicks in his team's 3-1 win over Japan in a shootout at the World Cup on Monday, securing a return to the quarterfinals for the runner-up in the 2018 tournament.

NICE — French writer Dominique Lapierre, who was celebrated for his novels about the World War II struggle to liberate Paris and depicting a life of hardship in a Kolkata slum, has died.

MOMBASA — Scientists around the world are warning governments who will be gathering in Montreal this week for the United Nations biodiversity summit to not repeat past mistakes and are urging officials to “avoid trade-offs” between people and conservation needs in a report Monday.

TRIPOLIS - Over 200 projects are included in the Comprehensive Development Plan for the Region of the Peloponnese for 2030, totalling 5.

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.