Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned on Wednesday of the risk of an accident taking place in the eastern Mediterranean where Greek and Turkish naval forces have lined up opposite each other, amidst territorial tensions in the region.
In a televised speech, Mitsotakis said that Greece is prepared to enter into discussions with all our neighbours, confidently and without concessions.
"We do not fear even the toughest dialogue, because we have faith in the fairness of our positions. However, dialogue becomes irrelevant in a climate of tension and provocation," he said.
Turkey’s reaction to the lawful EEZ demarcation agreement with Egypt unfortunately shows that it cannot come to terms with the European principles of the 21st century. That it remains attached to the logic of coercion and intimidation, which belongs to past times, added the Greek premier.
"The militarisation of the situation on the part of Turkey is also an acknowledgement of lack of legally valid positions. Because such projection of power is nothing but an attempt to compensate for its weakness in matters of Law. In response to Turkey’s deployment of its Fleet, we have also deployed our own, putting our Armed Forces on alert," he said.
"Let it be known: The risk of an accident lurks when so many military assets are gathered in such a contained area. In such a case, responsibility lies upon the one who gives rise to these circumstances."
Mitsotakis also stressed that Greece is also mobilizing its diplomacy, notifying friendly nations and alerting allies and partners. "We are not alone in this effort. The immediate response of the European Union to our request to convene the Foreign Affairs Council confirms that this is not purely an issue of Greek-Turkish relations. It concerns the relations of all of Europe with Turkey," he said.