Greece expects practical de-escalation, not just statements from Ankara, Petsas says

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas in an interview with ‘To Vima’ newspaper on Sunday expressed his content over the statement of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu that he is in favour of an open communication channel.

He noted that recourse to The Hague was a long way off, since the dialogue would have to be completed and then a cosignatory be signed.

Petsas stressed that Greece shows self-confidence, has international law on its side as well as strong allies and reiterated the prime minister’s statement that “he is not afraid of a hot incident”.
He said that Athens expects practical de-escalation and actions, not just statements from Ankara, adding that they are a precondition for a possible meeting of Mitsotakis with Erdogan or for convening the Supreme Council in Thessaloniki.

He also said that Turkey has been diplomatically isolated from both the US and Russia, recalling the unanimous condemnation of the Turkish-Libyan agreement by the Summit, where the Greek side’s positions were fully met, noting that Greek diplomacy has well reacted and “all Europeans are on our side.”