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The Greek foreign minister will meet Pompeo amid escalating tensions with Turkey

August 12, 2020

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will meet his US counterpart Mike Pompeo in Vienna on Friday, with whom he wants to discuss the “escalation of Turkish violations” in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Greek government confirmed this appointment in a brief statement in which it barely gave details of the upcoming meeting. He stressed that he would focus on the situation in the region with Turkey as the main axis of the talks.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Friday the resumption of activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, claiming that Greece had violated signed commitments, allegedly in the interests of energy independence.

The Greek foreign minister will meet Pompeo amid escalating tensions with TurkeyThe Greek foreign minister will meet Pompeo amid escalating tensions with Turkey

Dendias called on the Turkish authorities on Tuesday to withdraw the survey ship that had been sent to the region and called on Turkey to leave the Greek continental shelf “immediately”. With this in mind, he said that, according to the Kathimerini newspaper, Athens will not accept a policy of fait accompli.

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