BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 P.M.) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned on Tuesday, that the confrontation between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean has reached a “very critical” stage, but stressed that the two sides appear ready for talks.

After holding meetings in Athens and Ankara, Maas said, as quoted by the AFP, “There is no doubt that the situation is very critical. Nobody wants to solve this issue in a military way, and there is a willingness on both sides for dialogue.”

The German Foreign Minister said that Greece and Turkey want to calm military tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, warning that “any spark, no matter how small, could lead to disaster.”

Maas said after meeting with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias: “The current situation in the eastern Mediterranean has played with fire and any spark, no matter how small, may lead to disaster. Nobody can have an interest in that, and certainly not in a military confrontation between NATO’s partners and its neighbors.”

Maas went to the Turkish capital later today to hold similar talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Maas’s visit to Athens and Ankara comes ahead of a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Berlin later this week, where the Turkish-Greek conflict will be discussed.

Germany is leading European efforts to avert an outright military conflict that could jeopardize Europe’s future access to newly discovered energy reserves.

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Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2020-08-27 11:10

Nobody can have an interest in a military confrontation between NATO’s partners.
But Maas also said, Turkish drilling and grabbing activities are not acceptable.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-28 04:24
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You perfectly know that everybody sees Turkey as “NATO only on paper” for a while.
Any way, due to how ErDOG is bonkers due to cocaine, except replacing his nose-ob by a b****y-nose, I don’t see how he will back up

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-26 22:22

It’s doing a Chamberlain that WILL jeopardize Europe’s future access to newly discovered energy reserves…
“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”
– Niccolo Machiavelli

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2020-08-27 11:38
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The joint exercise of French, Italian, Greek and Cypriote forces has the chosen name Eunomia. With her two sisters she stands for Good Order, Justice, and Peace. That is like a name for a police mission.

Let us hope the Turks understand that.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-28 04:28
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Coke-snortng ErDOG understanding? You’re optimistic!