PM Tsipras Warns Turkey That Challenges to Cyprus and Greece Won’t Be Tolerated


Speaking with Greece’s Alpha TV on Monday afternoon, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the behavior of the nation of Turkey ”erratic and aggressive” and declared that challenges to Cypriot or Greek rights from Turkey ”will not be tolerated.”

The Greek Prime Minister also noted that he, along with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, received the unequivocal support of the European Union for their stance, which stipulates that ”if Turkey continues its path on this slippery road, it will have to face the consequences.”

Referring to Turkey’s efforts to drill inside the boundaries of the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone, Tsipras said that these actions are nothing more than propaganda, saying that ”this drilling will bring no results, its propagandist, it’s fake.”

The Greek Premier claimed that Turkey does not have the necessary technology and know-how to conduct proper drilling, ”but they do have the desire to create tensions and challenge sovereign rights.”

During his one-hour long interview with journalist Antonis Sroiter, Tsipras referred to a wide variety of issues, stating also that Greece’s national elections will be held, as expected, in October of 2019.

Tsipras accused the leader of the opposition Kyriakos Mitsotakis of turning the crucial European Parliamentary elections of May 26 into a “match.”