BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis criticized Turkey’s policy in the eastern Mediterranean, describing it as a “threat to peace in the region.”
At the end of talks he held with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the Greek Prime Minister stated that he raised, during the meeting, the topic of “Turkey’s illegal and provocative actions near our borders and at sea.”
“We consider these activities a threat to international peace and stability,” he told Netanyahu, as reported by the Interfax News Agency.
Mitsotakis also criticized the role of Turkey in Libya, where Ankara provides military support to the Government of National Accord (GNA) against the Libyan National Army (LNA).
For his part, Netanyahu refrained from criticizing Turkey, stressing the importance of bilateral cooperation between Israel and Greece, including in dealing with similar challenges facing the two countries.
Last January, Greece, Cyprus and Israel signed an agreement to implement the EastMed project to build a gas pipeline in the Eastern Mediterranean, despite Turkey’s opposition to this project. The pipeline, which will deliver Israeli gas to Europe, is expected to become the world’s longest.
In an attempt to block the implementation of the aforementioned project, Turkey occasionally sends ships to the eastern Mediterranean to search for oil and gas there, or conducts air or naval exercises in this region.
Source: Interfax, RT