Apostolakis is on an official visit to Cyprus, where he met both with the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and his counterpart, the Cypriot Defense Minister Savvas Angelides.
Following the meeting between Apostolakis and Angelides, the Greek defense minister noted that ”Greece seeks peace and stability in the region, but at the same time, it is ready to defend decisively its sovereign rights.”
Apostolakis added that Greece’s aim is to serve peace, security, stability and cooperation through internationally-accepted principles.
On his behalf, the Cypriot defense minister declared that Cyprus ”will not be carried away to actions that lead to tensions.” At the same time, he welcomed the way Cyprus’ allies have reacted to the Turkish provocations.
Angelides specifically named Greece, the USA, the EU, France, Egypt and Russia in his remarks.
Ο Πρόεδρος @AnastasiadesCY δέχτηκε σήμερα τον Έλληνα Υπουργό Άμυνας κ. Ευάγγελο Αποστολάκη.
Ανταλλαγή απόψεων για την έκρυθμη κατάσταση που προκαλεί η Τουρκία και την παραβίαση του διεθνούς δικαίου και των νόμιμων δικαιωμάτων της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας. pic.twitter.com/m4aB7hCGwe
— Προεδρία της ΚΔ (@CYpresidency) May 8, 2019
Earlier, President Anastasiades had welcomed Apostolakis, with whom he discussed the ”degraded state caused by Turkey and the violation of international law and the Republic of Cyprus’ legal rights.”