Varvitsiotis: We will not allow Turkey to be the bully in our neighborhood

Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis during yesterday’s Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the EU – Southern Neighborhood said that Greece is the one that shows the way of cooperation.

“As we share a common sea, we must follow common rules. Turkey is constantly violating international law, stability and security in the region. We cannot allow anyone to be the bully in our neighborhood,” said Varvitsiotis.

Miltiadis Varvitsiotis
Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis.

He added during his speech that Greece is the one that shows the way of cooperation, with the two maritime demarcation agreements it signed with Italy and Egypt.

“Today, Greece, honoring its historical and traditional ties with the Mediterranean countries, strongly supports a new era of cooperation and attaches particular importance to the southern dimension of the European Neighborhood Policy,” said the Deputy Minister.

He also noted that “the strong relationship between the EU and the Mediterranean countries has the potential to turn into a strategic relationship”, which will be beneficial in a number of areas, especially during the pandemic period, such as tourism, trade and investment.

He also stressed the need for closer co-operation between the Mediterranean countries on climate change, noting that the European Green Agreement provides the appropriate coherent institutional framework for joint action.

It is recalled that the strategic goal of yesterday’s Summit and today’s Regional Forum hosted in Barcelona is to restart and strengthen the cooperation relations between the European Union and other Mediterranean countries.


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