“Greece is not going to accept bullying from our aggressive neighbors,” the Greek Prime Minister said while speaking to expatriates, while in an interview with Bloomberg he called the Turkish President’s allegations about Greek crimes against humanity “outrageous”.
By Penelope Galliou
The tone of the documented, indisputable and strict answer that the Greek Prime Minister will give tomorrow (Friday) from his podium UN to the new non-existent and vulgar accusations launched by Tayyip Erdoğan about Greece, the Kyriakos Mitsotakis in all the important contacts he continues to have in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, during which he does not fail to expose the full extent of Turkish challenges and Ankara’s revisionism.
No to Turkish bullying
“Greece is not going to accept bullying from our aggressive neighbors,” he interpreted during a meal with expatriates, while in an interview with Bloomberg he called the Turkish President’s complaints about Greek crimes against humanity “outrageous”, banning him who for years now instrumentalized immigration, and the pain of thousands of refugees and immigrants and who brings dozens of convictions by international courts for violating human rights, to point the finger at Greece, which saves thousands of lives in the Aegean. “To accuse Greece of crimes against humanity over immigration is simply outrageous” Mr. Mitsotakis told Bloomberg characteristically, recalling that Turkey is the one that has been using migrants very openly and very publicly in the last two years, trying to encourage them to send them to the Greek border and push them to Europe.
“We save tens of thousands of people who were in danger at sea. We protect our borders as we have an obligation to do, but we also respect fundamental rights.” he countered.
At the same time, the Greek prime minister once again conveyed to the neighbor and in all directions, that he will not tolerate any questioning of our national sovereignty. “The questioning of the sovereignty of a NATO ally is clearly unacceptable. It cannot be tolerated by Greece and essentially portrays Turkey as a country that is no longer part of what we are used to calling the Western Alliance,” he pointed out, while calling the Turk President to abandon the crescendo of rhetorical intensity.
Not a glance between Mitsotakis and Erdogan at the Biden reception
His vulgar attack Tayyip Erdogan in Greece, the UN forum was the “gift shot” in Greek-Turkish relations, with the bad climate being clearly reflected during the reception given by the American President, joe biden, in honor of the leaders participating in the UN General Assembly. A reception during which Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Tayyip Erdogan did not even exchange a glance, according to diplomatic sources. In fact, the same parties noticed that the two leaders avoided being even in close proximity, sealing the heavy climate between the two sides.
The answer from the floor of the UN and the “ace” up the sleeve
In any case, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in his official speech tomorrow to the leaders participating in the UN General Assembly, is expected to deconstruct one by one all the points of Turkish propagandaand the non-existent and vulgar characterizations of Tayyip Erdogan, from the same platform and to the same audience, which the Turkish President tried to mislead at the expense of our country. The difference, however, lies in the fact that Kyriakos Mitsotakis will speak with evidence and documents, some of which have already been shared with the UN and the international community, all the last years when the Turkish provocation has been escalating, culminating in the last months and days. during which Ankara has exceeded all limits, directly threatening even to invade Greece. In other words, the prime minister is expected to unfold his full size Turkish revisionism, and neo-Ottoman bigotry, as clearly formulated by the Turkish President himself and the officials of his government, with the risk of destabilizing the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean, in a critical period, while it is not excluded, according to government sources, that the Prime Minister may hides one too “ace up the sleeve” of his speech on Greek-Turkish relations, which he will “take out” at the UN podium.
Erdogan = Putin
With humanity for the last twenty-four hours watching frozen the new “nuclear” threats of Vladimir Putin and war in Ukraine acquire a new dimension, Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to compare Turkish tactics with those of Vladimir Putin, stressing the need for the defeat of the Russian President to be an example for all “authoritarian leaders” around the world, stopping any revisionist thought and declaring clearly that borders are not redrawn by force. In this context, and in contrast to Turkish revisionism, it will overemphasize the attitude of Greece in the critical geopolitical period, which functions as a factor of stability and security in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region, always loyal to International Law and the Law of the Sea and the clear rules governing them.
The diplomatic sprint
Both the Greek prime minister and the foreign minister continue the diplomatic sprint in New York, also informing their counterparts in private contacts about the Turkish provocation and the negative role it plays in the stability of the region and the cohesion of the Southeast wing of NATO in an already burdened period of geopolitical instability. Points that Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to highlight emphatically during his meeting today with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
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