Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias briefed his counterparts in the EU Foreign Affairs Council on escalating Turkish provocations, during a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, according to diplomatic sources.
The Greek minister noted that Turkey’s provocative actions have intensified both in rhetoric and in the field.
Dendias also underlined Turkey’s ongoing revisionist agenda, which is expressed both by constant threats and by a direct questioning of the sovereignty of Greek islands, the Greek diplomatic sources added.
The Greek minister referred in detail to the recent Turkish overflights and violations near strategic points, such as the port of Alexandroupoli in northern Greece, as well as the instrumentation of migration flows, especially in the Evros border region, where an increase in attempts for illegal entry in Greece is being observed, it was added.
Dendias thanked those who have already condemned these actions and pointed out that the appropriate response is for all EU member-states to emphasize their commitment to maintaining the inviolability of borders and respect for international treaties, especially in the current predicament, it was highlighted.
He also reiterated the need for a clear message concerning the European accession prospects of Western Balkan countries, particularly so in view of Ukraine’s similar potential. Negotiations for the EU accession of Albania and North Macedonia must start immediately, Dendias noted, saying Greece will continue to offer technical know-how to this effect. [AMNA]