view from onboard the US Navy (USN) Sacramento Class Fast Combat Support Ship, USS SEATTLE (AOE 3), showing The Greece Navy Hydra Class (Meko 200HN) Frigate, Hellenic Ship (HS) PSARA (F 454), underway conducting Replenishment At Sea (RAS) operations during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. An H2.50 caliber machine gun sits at rest unmanned in the foreground

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias issued a warning to Turkey on Tuesday amid the ongoing escalation of tensions over the territorial dispute in the Mediterranean, stressing that Athens is prepared to “defend its sovereign rights,” and accusing Ankara of continuing to violate its commitments.

Dendias suggested that his country is prepared to hold a dialogue with Turkey on the gas drilling dispute, but “not under threats” from its government.

The foreign minister added that Germany and the European Union are “standing in solidarity” with Greece in the dispute.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to visit both Athens and Ankara later Tuesday to discuss the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean with officials from both countries, including Dendias and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Earlier, Greek Minister of State Giorgos Gerapetritis said Athens would not engage in any discussions with Turkey related to the drilling dispute or security issues as long as Ankara continues to pressure the region using its military.

He demanded that Turkey abandon ‘all aggressive actions’ before dialogue can take place.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Stern Daler
2020-08-25 17:47

Turkey issued no warnings but threats bolstered by military posturing. So far EU official like Borrell have been soft spoken. But IMHO their words include a polite but clear desist directed at Turkey. Apparently the two side speak different diplomatic languages.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-25 20:36
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The 3 before last time I had a fight (off the military) some drunk guy weighting a good 130kg threatened me with a “hey, I will crush your face” during a party along a lake with all the squad of my then preferred bar, I answered with very diplomatic language by : “it wouldn’t be a good idea”. The wino tried to push me into the fire… Tsss, tsss, when I grabbed him by the hair, lowering his head at the same time I launched my knee in his face, I think that while watching his new nose later, he… Read more »

Bob
Bob
2020-08-25 20:42

The only argument Turkey will listen to is a HUGE stick