Source: Republic of Greece – Foreign Affairs
Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis was interviewed today on Proto Thema Radio by journalists Nikos Felekis and Babis Koutras, following his participation in yesterday’s meeting of the EU General Affairs Council in Brussels. He stressed during the interview that Turkey, as a result of its actions, has entered a state of isolation in the context of its relations with the European Union.
Mr. Varvitsiotis highlighted that the draft conclusions of the upcoming meeting of the European Council are a positive step for the Greek side, as they fully support Greece’s positions. Commenting on yesterday’s meeting of the GAC, he underscored the positive climate that prevailed with regard to Greece’s positions and the fact that he made clear to his colleagues that Turkey’s actions impact more than just Greek-Turkish bilateral relations. In fact, they are causing further instability and uncertainty in the region and are just more of the same attitude Turkey has exhibited in recent months (illegal drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, intervention in Syria, threats regarding the refugee crisis), leading the Union to impose sanctions.
The Alternate Minister also stressed that, apart from the countries from which we received explicit support, most of the countries are not far from the positions of the European Commission. “The framework of Turkey’s relations with the EU is very weighed down,” he said, because “moving ahead with your plans and finding that, in the end, no one considers your actions to be legitimate is not the simplest or easiest thing in international relations. It is now clear that Turkey has shown throughout this time that it is proceeding alone on a number of issues. And it is also a fact that, at least in relation to Europe, this is isolating Turkey.”
Finally, Mr. Varvitsiotis referred to the military aspect of the Libya-Turkey agreement, noting that this will cause stronger reactions, if it proceeds, because any establishment of Turkish military forces in Libya will bring Turkey into opposition with powers that traditionally have very good relations with Libya, such as France and Italy, who are unlikely to allow the situation to develop in the way Ankara thinks it will.