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Defence Min. refers to Turkish provocations in Cyprus EEZ, in Brussels statements

Greece’s policy is to resolve issues with neighbours under international law, Greek National Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis said on Tuesday, following the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence), referring to Turkish provocations in the East Mediterranean.

In statements following the meeting, which focused on a discussion with Sahel countries, Apostolakis told the press, “Greece’s consistent policy is to resolve any issue with its neighbours in good faith and according to international law.” Turkey’s recent decision for drilling action in the Cyprus Republic’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) violate international law, and undermine stability in the region, and they must stop.

“Turkey’s provocative behaviour is a European issue that relates to the whole EU,” the defence minister said, and the EU must keep a united front when a member’s sovereign rights are violated.