Opposition leader and former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday asked the government to avoid Turkey’s prospecting and exploration for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, despite transferring his support and confidence to the armed forces from the country.
With this in mind, he has requested an emergency meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union to address the crisis and the increasing tension between the two countries as a result of the growing maritime disputes.
In a series of statements made after a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Tsipras assured that the Greek Armed Forces know how to prevent Turkish ships from surveying Aegean waters because “they have done so in similar situations “, specifically in a number of incidents that were recorded in October 2018 and are” now very similar “.
“The armed forces know how these activities should and can be prevented. They have known this since October 2018, when they were acting effectively. They have our trust,” he said on his official Facebook page.