FM Dendias: Greece will not indulge in statements that will fuel escalation of tension with Turkey

Συνάντηση του υπουργού Εξωτερικών, Νίκου Δένδια, με τον υπουργό Εξωτερικών της Τσεχικής Δημοκρατίας, Jan Lipavsky, Πέμπτη 3 Μαρτίου 2022. (ΒΑΣΙΛΗΣ ΡΕΜΠΑΠΗΣ/EUROKINISSI)

Greece is not going to indulge in constant statements that will fuel the escalation of tension with Turkey, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Friday from Thessaloniki, noting that the main lesson learnt from the Russian invasion of Ukraine is that revisionism is leading nowhere.

“I think that the Greek side has shown its intentions. We are not going to indulge in insulting statements, irregular, illegal, irrational claims, and allegations beyond the limits of international law in a constant escalation with neighbor Turkey,” Dendias said answering a question before the start of the proceedings of the Meeting of Foreign Ministers, in the framework of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP).

He added: “We always look forward to resolving all disputes within the framework of International Law, the International Law of the Sea, with a clear priority of protecting the territorial integrity of all states. What I think is important, for Europe, for the world, is to understand that revisionism is leading nowhere. I think that this is the great lesson learnt after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, so that we can collaborate on the real basis of the problems, namely the creation of prosperity and cooperation among the peoples.”

Regarding the summit of foreign ministers and the summit of leaders, in the framework of the Process for Cooperation of the countries of Southeast Europe, which is taking place in Thessaloniki with Greece concluding its term as presiding country, Dendias said that the agenda of the discussions include the European perspective, European values, the rule of law, human rights, stability and economic development.