Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday sent a stern and clear message to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from the Hellenic Force in Cyprus military camp. “Whoever violates international law and the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus will have to pay a significant cost,” he said, underlining Athens’ decision to support Cyprus.
Tsipras also replied to things that Erdogan said about him, as these were relayed to him. Addressing Erdogan, Tsipras said that Greece’s prime minister does not simply “say some things” but speaks the language of the international law, of truth and decisiveness. Also, he ‘does not speak for himself’ – as Erdogan claimed – but had all the EU member-states and the vast majority of the international community at his side.
The fruitless and deadend escalation has no point, it is an indication of weakness, Tsipras added and asked that “all these violations stop here”.