Turkey on Thursday accused Greece of torpedoing German mediation to resolve the military crisis in the Mediterranean Sea to ensure that Ankara is open to negotiations with Athens to resolve the crisis through an unconditional dialogue.
In an intervention before the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asked Greece not to insist on the requirements and to participate in the process facilitated by Germany. Athens asks to sit down to negotiate that Turkey withdraw its ships from the waters claimed by Greece.
“We support the mediation of Germany. Greece, no, they stay behind. We want a dialogue and I have agreed to meet with the Greek Foreign Minister, but he refused,” emphasized the Turkish minister, who also reminded that Greece has brought charges against the process initiated by NATO to reduce tensions.
According to the head of Turkish diplomacy, Ankara and Athens were ready to issue a joint statement in early August promising to ease the crisis, although it did not see the light of day as Greece was a few hours before signing a maritime agreement Egypt, according to Cavusoglu, behind Germany’s back. “Greece did not act in good faith and lost its credibility in the face of the Berlin-sponsored process,” he assured MPs.