The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, speaking in the main news bulletin of Mega TV, took a stand for all the burning issues concerning Greek-Turkish relations, in the midst of the escalation of the tension.
The head of Greek diplomacy was in favor of dialogue with the neighbor country on the real differences and not on “imaginary differences”, while he sent a strong message that in case of violation of the sovereign rights of Greece there will be no compromise. “It is our obligation under the Constitution,” he said when asked about a possible military response to Ankara.
Regarding the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, according to the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, it is a trap to consider this a bilateral issue. “It is not a Greek-Turkish dispute but an international issue. It is a trap that Turkey would like to lead us to,” he said, announcing a series of actions with Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.
In any case, he claimed that Athens has requested and Josep Borel has been instructed to prepare a list of sanctions that will affect important sectors of the Turkish economy.
“We do not want a poor and excluded Turkey, we want the EU to have an arsenal ready to show Turkey what is in the interest of its own society.”