Greek Prime Minister says Turkish provocations cannot be tolerated

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Recent provocations from Turkey “cannot be tolerated by Greece or the European Union,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels.

His statement came after bloc leaders agreed on an embargo on Russian oil imports that will commence towards the end of the year and stop 90% of Russian oil from coming into Europe.

According to the Prime Minister, the embargo “deprives Russia of significant resources for the continuation of the war in Ukraine.”

In relation to Turkish provocation, Mitsotakis said that should tension continue, his peers should produce “an explicit and clear condemnation of this unnecessary Turkish provocation.” 

This comes as French President, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday condemned recent statements by Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, questioning Greek sovereignty over some of its islands.

Speaking as he left a European Council meeting in Brussels, Macron expressed his support for Greece, adding that “no one can endanger the sovereignty of some member states today.”

“I believe that these statements must be condemned as soon as possible, something I have just done.”

SOURCE: Ekathimerini

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