“Turkey’s goal is to blow up exploratory talks,” said Angelos Syrigos, a professor of international law and a Member of Parliament for the ruling New Democracy Party, while speaking to SKAI’s main news bulletin on the escalation of Turkey’s aggression.
He explained that Ankara does not want to talk about the delimitation of the continental shelf and the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and wants to open the issue but feels trapped in the logic of Greece regarding exploratory.
“I think [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan made mistakes in these 35 days. In chess, when you play, you do not only see the next two moves, you have to look far. Erdoğan thought two things: either Greece will leave the region, or Greece will go ahead with a fatal move, the first move, and create a conflict,” said the MP.
The choice of Athens to not proceed with an international episode, but also its move to send the entire Greek fleet to the region and not just a boat to observe from afar, put Erdoğan in a difficult position, the professor stressed.
“This has put Erdoğan in a difficult position. He has been hesitant about what to do and has become more vulnerable to diplomatic pressure,” Syrigos stressed.
Americans are interested in elections – Germans are puzzled
Regarding the reactions of big players such as the U.S. and Germany, Syrigos stressed that the Americans are sending a message to Erdoğan not to start a conflict before the presidential election, and the Germans are confused because they did not expect such behavior from Turkey.
“Their (German) mentality is such that they believe that what has been agreed must be observed. However, they have not yet come to terms with Ankara,” the professor stressed.
He gave as an example that while the Americans took a step and canceled the sale of F-35s due to the purchase of S-400s from Turkey, Germany has not taken any substantial measures against Ankara, such as the suspension of the sale of submarines in Turkey.
The attitude of Europeans at the Summit
In the run-up to the October 15 and 16 summit, the professor stressed that while there is a global climate against Turkey, Europeans are not yet convinced that they need to take immediate action.
“Some countries say, ‘not the majority anymore, let’s wait until December to see where Turkey goes.’ Let me also say one of my fears. If the Navtex is finished in ten days, many countries, I believe Germany as well, will come and tell us ‘it is nice that Oruç Reis left the region – now go negotiations with Turkey’,” he added.