Remarks by Greek FM Dendias ‘hostile’, says Turkish ministry

Greece prefers tension over cooperation and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’s comments on Turkey have been “hostile and provocative”, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Athens is “unable to digest the key role Turkey plays in ensuring peace and stability”, ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç said.

On Friday, Dendias hosted a four-way summit with his counterparts from France, Egypt and Cyprus. In a press conference after the meeting, Dendias said Turkey was the common factor in the threats against the Mediterranean region’s stability.

Greece “trying to create artificial alliances against Turkey” is a “futile effort”, Bilgiç said.

Ankara maintains that it has rights over part of the Greek continental shelf in the Aegean Sea, and that Turkish Cypriots, under the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus recognised only by Turkey, rights to natural resources and territorial rights in the Mediterranean. Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Greece form the EastMed Gas Forum, as part of a broad cooperation on energy.

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