PM Mitsotakis Has Warning for Turkey Before Special European Council Meeting

Greek PM Mitsotakis Meeting with European Union President Charles Michel. Credit: Greek government

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has some stern words of warning before he went in to today’s meeting of the Special European Council in Brussels.

“Turkish aggression, whether expressed through unilateral actions or extreme rhetoric, can no longer be tolerated,” he stated firmly  to members of the press in doorstep statements before going in to a conference of the Special European Council.

“The time has come for Europe to discuss bravely and sincerely what kind of relationship it really wants to have with Turkey,” Mitsotakis stated plainly.

While Turkish aggression violates the sovereign rights of two EU member states — Greece and Cyprus — it also “touches on the significant geopolitical interests of all Europe in the Mediterranean,” he added.

There are only two choices, the PM noted, either the path of dialogue in diplomacy, which must be based on respect of international law, avoidance of unilateral actions and good neighborhood rules, or the path of escalating tension, which sooner or later will inevitably lead to Europe taking measures against Turkey.

Greece has “proven it wants to follow the first path. It’s up to Turkey to do the same, but it must do so with consistency and constancy,” Mitsotakis stressed.

With information from AMNA