Turkey is trying to solve its internal and external problems through provocations, Vitsas says

“Turkey is trying to solve its internal and external problems through provocations, aggression and a revisionist view of international treaties, which will not pass as it will have to deal with the entire international community,” Alternate National Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on Friday, in statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency’s radio station Praktoreio 104.9 FM.

“We are following the developments and we are taking all the [required] measures,” Vitsas said and added: My view is that (the provocation) is due to external and internal problems that Turkey has, not in relation to Greece. Turkey is facing a lot of issues, mainly the Kurdish and Syrian issues, and wants to participate in or push for something that does not belong to it, namely the Cypriot EEZ.”

“Cyprus is a state and that is how it is seen by the international community,” he underlined.

Asked about Europe’s subdued reaction to the issue, he said: “For different reasons and based on the fact that great financial interests dominate our times, provocations are addressed in a mild way. This is the reason why the Greek prime minister will raise the issue again on Friday to the council of European leaders. What we need is a clear position.”