Monday, July 15 2024

‘Cards open’ in talks with Erdogan, Greek PM says

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday confirmed plans for an informal meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of a NATO summit in London, saying the two leaders will talk with “open cards.”

In comments ahead of Wednesday’s planned meeting, Mitsotakis said he will “put forth every question of Turkish provocation.”

Kyriakos Mitsotakis - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

“We will talk with open cards and it is in Turkey’s interest to go back on its provocative actions,” the Greek prime minister added.

He also said he will bring up mounting Turkish aggression in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, and particularly the maritime borders agreement Ankara is said to have signed with the internationally recognized government of Libya last week, with Greece’s NATO allies.

“An alliance cannot be indifferent when one member openly violates international law and thus turns against another member. The equal distance tactic is a gross injustice to our nation, which has never sought tension in the region,” Mitsotakis said.