In a clear sign that Germany is completely unwilling to relinquish its centuries old alliance with the Turks, the Germans have told Greece to de-escalate tensions with Turkey.
Referring to the meeting German Foreign Minister Haiko Maas will have tomorrow in Athens and Ankara, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Christopher Burger made a very curious statement.
“From our point of view, a direct dialogue and steps towards de-escalation on both sides in order to find a solution to the tension is needed,” said Burger.
By asking for “both sides” to de-escalate demonstrates a clear unwillingness from Berlin to call facts as they are – that Greece is only responding to Turkey’s escalating aggression. Burger is effectively asking for Greece to capitulate its strong response to defend its sovereignty from Germany’s longtime ally.
Asked if Berlin was concerned about a possible military conflict in the region, Burger said the German government was taking the tensions “very seriously” and was “very concerned” that the tensions were “already straining relations” between the EU and Turkey and that, if tensions increase, a further escalation could have even more serious consequences.”
However, for there to be even “more serious consequences” from the EU to Turkey, there had to have been initial consequences. There were no consequences for Turkey for its aggression against Greece that began in November last year when it made a deal to steal Greece’s maritime space with the Muslim Brotherhood regime in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
Germany continues to block any serious consequence for Turkey from the EU but at the same time has the audacity to say that “both need to de-escalate” as if portraying Greece to having an equal share of the tensions in the Aegean.
Berlin of course omits that it was Turkey that has committed war crimes in Syria by blocking a million citizens having access to water, or that Turkey recently killed Iraqi military personnel, or funneled jihadists from Syria to Libya, and also recently militarily threatened Armenia.
Asked if possible sanctions against Turkey would be discussed at the forthcoming EU meeting, Burger declined to comment on the content of the talks and referred the matter to the EU’s High Representative on Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, while not answering a question about Germany’s position on the issue of sanctions.
Of course though, we can expect Berlin to block all serious discussions of sanctions against their Turkish allies while continuing the mantra of de-escalation and discussions between Athens and Ankara.