National Council for Foreign Affairs meets Friday amid spike in Aegean tension


The National Council for Foreign Affairs (ESEP) will hold a meeting Friday at 11 a.m. to discuss latest developments in Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus problem.

The meeting will be chaired by Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos.

The meeting will take place amid a spike in tension in Greek-Turkish ties.

Reacting to a barrage of incursions by Turkish fighter jets on Thursday, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos warned Ankara against violating Greece’s territorial integrity.

“If they make the slightest move, we will crush them,” Kammenos said during a visit to a military outpost on Leros, a small island on the southeast Aegean.

“We want peace, we want to live in peace and harmony, but we are not prepared to concede a single centimeter,” Kammenos said.

“Those making these provocations had better stick to verbal challenges only,” he said.