The much anticipated meeting between Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkey’s President Erdogan on the sidelines of the NATO summit, is hoped to bring about a period of de-escalation of tensions between the two NATO allies.
The significance of the meeting is on the media radar, with the international news network France 24 holding an interview with the Greek Prime Minister on Sunday.
During the interview Mr Mitsotakis stressed the need for an agreement in a common framework with Turkey in order to find a way to manage the differences between the two countries with respect for international law and good neighborly relations.
Mitsotakis pointed out that “we are a country with confidence that defends its sovereign rights.” The prime minister also referred, among other things, to the successful management of the pandemic by Greece and to the initiative of the Greek government for the Digital Certificate.
Regarding Greece-Turkey relations within NATO, Mitsotakis stressed that Greece has been a loyal member of the alliance for many years and added:
“We are both members of the alliance. And of course, when we have differences – as members of the alliance – these differences should be resolved in a peaceful manner, because if they are not resolved in this way and resort to higher tensions, this is of course not good for the alliance as a whole.”