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Tsipras Wants Greek Defense Advisory Body to Meet Over Turkey

July 22, 2020

ATHENS – Major opposition Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said KYSEA, Greece's top advisory agency for foreign affairs and defense should be called to discuss Turkish provocations in the East Mediterranean.

That came after Turkey said it would begin energy research in Greece's Continental Shelf off the islands of Kastellorizo, Rhodes and Karpathos, leading to the military being placed on high alert for fear of a conflict.

“What message is the government sending out with this erratic behavior? Were you caught by surprise? Did you not expect an escalation?” Tsipras said in a shot at the New Democracy government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

“Turkey’s show of strength comes after the Aghia Sophia (decision,)” Tsipras said in reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turning the ancient Orthodox cathedral in Constantinople into a mosque without any response from Greece.

Tsipras said Mitsotakis should also brief Parliament on what the government is doing and urged the European Union to impose sanctions on Turkey without noting he did nothing to stop Turkish aggressions during his 4 ½ year reign that ended in defeat to New Democracy in July 7, 2019 snap elections.

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