Greece files complaint with NATO and UN over Turkey’s remarks

Greece has sent letters to NATO and the UN, complaining about what it called “inflammatory” statements by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and asking them to condemn Ankara’s behavior, officials said on Wednesday. diplomatic sources.

The two countries – North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies but historic enemies – have been at odds for decades over a range of issues, including the start and end of their continental shelves, overflights of the Aegean Sea and the division of Cyprus.

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On Monday, the European Union expressed concern over statements by Erdogan accusing EU member Greece of occupying demilitarized islands in the Aegean Sea and saying Turkey was ready to “do what is necessary” when the time comes.

According to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, Ankara this week sent letters to the European Union, NATO and the United Nations explaining its position and views on issues such as overlapping claims over the country. airspace, territorial waters and the demilitarization status of the Aegean islands, among other issues.

Greek diplomatic sources said on Wednesday that Turkey’s letter distorted reality and that its arguments were unfounded and violated international law. Greece, they said, also sent letters to the United Nations and NATO.

“The Turkish attitude is a destabilizing factor for NATO’s unity and cohesion, weakening the Alliance’s southern flank at a time of crisis,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in a statement. letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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