National Security Advisor says tension in the Eastern Mediterranean is "heading towards de-escalation"

Alexis Diakopoulos

Alexis Diakopoulos

Greece's National Security Advisor, Alexis Diakopoulos stated that although tension created in the Aegean this week by Turkey's new illegal NAVTEX (for seismic surveys in an area of sea between Cyprus and Crete) is “heading towards de-escalation”,  Greek authorities remain vigilant.

His comments were made while speaking to Greek broadcaster Skai.

He also ruled out the possibility of an incident in the Aegean, saying Greece has an effective deterring power and that “it is not easy to do this bullying and succeed.”

Diakopoulos said the de-escalation is the result both of the determination shown by Greece and the political pressure exerted on Turkey by other countries, such as Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel “made the most dynamic intervention,” and welcomed the decisive meeting between Erdogan’s top security adviser Ibrahim Kalin and his Greek counterpart Eleni Sourani in Berlin, Diakopoulos noted.

Regarding the possibilities of dialogue between Greece and Turkey, Diakopoulos noted: "A look at the map will show that Turkey is a neighbour with whom we must find a Modus Vivendi. Of course we will talk at some point. We have set the terms and said we are not talking under pressure and coercion."