The Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias said that the Turkish leadership holds neoekspressionisty policy, and religious figures eager to return to the days of the Ottoman Empire. Criticism of the Turkish leadership Dendias spoke after talks in Athens with foreign Minister of Spain Arantxa gonzález Laya.
"My colleague arrived today in Athens from Turkey, where she spoke yesterday with our Turkish counterpart. I would like to be clear. I'm not going to use this meeting to follow the Turkish side in the insult to the nation. We respect the Turkish nation, as we respect all Nations of the Earth. However, we unambiguously condemn the policy of the Turkish government, because the whole of Europe condemns it," said Dendias.
Germany believes that Turkey must cease drilling in the EEZ of Cyprus and not to start similar work in close proximity to the Greek Islands, said the foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas after talks in Athens with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.
Turkey was one of the main issues of the meeting. Greece at all levels raises the question of Turkey's plans to start drilling near Crete and on the ongoing work near Cyprus.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias said that "dangerous" to consider the transformation of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque problem, Greek-Turkish relations, not the world. In an interview with Skai Dendias also said that the EU should have a ready list of "strong" measures against Turkey in case of its violation of the sovereign rights of Greece.
On Monday, the issue of Turkey will be discussed in Brussels at the Council of foreign Ministers of the European Union. "There Greece will ask the European Union to compile a list of the strongest possible measures against Turkey if Turkey violates the sovereign rights of Greece," said Dendias.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias has called provocative the decision of Turkey to make the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, and said that informed the colleagues.
"I have informed my colleagues about the provocation, which has become the world's cultural heritage, as well as to UNESCO, the decision to annul the decree of Kemal atatürk, 1934 on the protection of the Hagia Sophia by its conversion into a Museum," Dendias wrote in his Twitter.
Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Dendias after talks in Athens with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Christodoulidis said that the sides discussed "provocative behavior" of Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean and created the "diplomatic front" to counter Ankara.
"We discussed the latest developments in the region in the context of our always closely coordinated. We were particularly concerned about the continuing violations of the rights of Turkey that have spread from Iraq to Libya, destabilizing our entire region. It is also important that we stated that were created formed the diplomatic front, based on international law," said Dendias.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias on the 4th Brussels conference on Syria expressed readiness to contribute to collective efforts to restore Syria and the return home of refugees. This is stated in the statement of Dendias, the press service of the foreign Ministry.
The conference "in support of the future of Syria" was held by video conference.
The EU and Greece must stop violations of rights of refugees and to fulfil its obligations in this area instead of criticizing Turkey, said the spokesperson of the Turkish foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy in response to statements of the head of the Greek foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.
Earlier Dendias said that Turkey is undermining security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, it violates the sovereignty of Libya, Syria, Iraq and Cyprus. This is a statement he made at the end of the visit, together with the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy and Josep Borrell to the town Kastanies in the region of Evros on the border with Turkey. Dendias noted that Turkey was actively sent migrants that they crossed the border, but the "blackmail attempt failed".
Greece and Egypt resumed talks on the delimitation of the exclusive economic zone between the two countries, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias following the visit to Cairo.
Dendias on Thursday visited Egypt, he was received by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In the course of negotiations with Minister of foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh shoukry discussed bilateral and regional issues, special attention was paid to the demarcation of Maritime zones, the events in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean region.
The Minister of national defense of Greece Nikos Panayotopoulos said that Greece for the protection of its sovereign rights, ready for anything, including military actions against Turkey in case of provocations.
The Minister told the TV channel Star.