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Dendias: We want stronger Italian support for sanctions against Turkey

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio and discussed, among other things, Italy’s unwillingness to support sanctions against Turkey.

Dendias made it clear that despite respecting “their decision and their position, the Greek side would like a stronger Italian support on the issue of sanctions” against Turkey.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio.

The Greek Foreign Minister went to Twitter to say:

“We had a very interesting and honest conversation with my Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio. We covered all the issues. And our bilateral relations, ie the ratification by the Italian side of our agreement on maritime zones, but also economic issues.”

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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio signing the 2020 maritime demarcation agreement.

“We also discussed the broader issues of the region, the Turkish provocation. I informed about the resumption of exploratory talks on 25/1, the wider Turkish behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean and issues concerning Libya and the East Mediterranean,” he said.

“Immigration was not missing from our agenda and. I think it is extremely useful to have a constant and honest exchange of views with Italy,” he continued.

“I also made it clear to my Italian counterpart that, although we respect their decision and their stance, the Greek side would like stronger Italian support on the issue of sanctions,” the foreign minister concluded.

Italy, along with Germany, Spain, Malta and Hungary, have been vetoing sanctions against Turkey despite their constant violation of Greek and Cypriot air and sea sovereignty, unleashing a migrant crisis last March, and continued occupation of northern Cyprus.

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