Greece’s Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias attended the informal EU Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting (Gymnich) on Thursday in Helsinki, where he met with his North Macedonian counterpart Nikola Dimitrov for the first time.

During their brief encounter, Dendias and Dimitrov discussed aspects of the implementation of the Prespes Agreement, Dendias said, adding that “I explicitly stated to Mr Dimitrov that Greece will insist on the strict implementation of the Agreement.”

Dendias also met on the sidelines with Cyprus Republic Foreign Minister, Nikos Christodoulides.

At the Gymnich, he said, he had the opportunity to “brief my counterparts on the Turkish provocativeness and the problems Turkey creates in the Aegean, as well as on its aggressive behavior against the sovereignty and sovereign rights of the Cyprus Republic.”

In a statement, Dendias said he had also “had the opportunity to meet my counterparts and talk with them about joint interests” on the meeting’s sidelines.

“We discussed hybrid threats and their management, and referred to the tense situation at the Gulf and how to find ways of protecting shipping,” he said, adding that “it’s obvious that Greece is strongly interested in this, as a maritime nation.”

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