BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that his country has two main goals in Libya, the most prominent of which is preventing Turkey from establishing a military base off the Greek island of Crete.
Dendias said, according to what was reported by the Greek city times website, that Greece did not have many options in Libya, adding that “our first concern was to ensure that the Libyan coast opposite Crete would be under the control of friendly forces.”
Dendias emphasized that “there are two main objectives of Greece in Libya: to prevent the establishment of a Turkish base and to cancel the decision of the Fayez al-Sarraj government regarding the Turkish-Libyan memorandum.”
On the other hand, the Greek Foreign Minister said that the Europeans themselves have not made a firm decision on the course we want in European-Turkish relations, and that Turkey is likely to continue the policy of divergence.
Relations between Greece and Turkey are experiencing tensions over the background of Ankara’s gas exploration in disputed areas in the eastern Mediterranean, which prompted the European Union on December 10 to impose sanctions on Turkey.
In addition, last Sunday, the Turkish Navy conducted live ammunition exercises in the eastern Mediterranean, according to the Turkish Ministry of Defense.