Pompeo condemns Turkey’s unilateral actions in East Med in letter to Greek counterpart

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US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has criticised Turkey’s unilateral actions while describing Greece as “a pillar of stability in the region,” in a letter to his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias seen by Greek media outlet, Ekathimerini.

In his letter, which is a response to a recent letter sent by the Greek foreign minister, Pompeo reiterates American objections to Turkey’s ongoing energy exploration in areas where Greece reserves the right to extend its territorial waters from 6 to 12 nautical miles.

READ MORE: Pompeo pledges US support to ease Greece-Turkey dispute.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, met his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, last month.

“These unilateral actions only serve to raise tensions in the region,” Pompeo says.

“Coercion, threats, intimidation and military activity will not resolve tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he says.

Welcoming Greece’s commitment to resolving bilateral differences through dialogue and in accordance with international law, Pompeo also commends Athens for taking all necessary steps “to avoid an accident or other event at sea that could lead to a conflict between NATO allies.”

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has criticised Turkey’s unilateral actions in a latter to Greece’s Foreign Minister.

READ MORE: Pompeo: Bullying is not a means of resolving disputes in East Med.

Pompeo emphasises that the US and Greece share a vision of the Eastern Mediterranean “as a peaceful and prosperous region characterised by cooperation and respect for international law.”

“We have urged and will continue to urge our NATO ally Turkey to end its calculated provocations and immediately begin exploratory talks with Greece,” he concludes.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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