Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who took the baton of Turkish provocation today, returned with inflammatory statements on the status of the Aegean islands, raising the issue of the demilitarisation of Greece’s islands again.
In fact, speaking to Turkish-state Anadolu Agency, he showed maps “graying” the entire eastern Aegean!
Çavuşoğlu called for the demilitarisation of the Aegean islands, otherwise warned that Turkey would start a debate on their sovereignty.
The Turkish Foreign Minister stated that Turkey puts an end to the Supreme Council of Greece-Turkey Cooperation, speaking of hostile statements by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, as well as an inconsistent attitude of Athens in the dialogue efforts.
Meanwhile, speaking in his doorstep statement at the extraordinary EU Summit in Brussels on Monday, Mitsotakis said there is a need to tame irrational increases in energy via coordinated European interventions and to also highlight the escalating Turkish provocations against Greece as a factor of destabilisation in the eastern Mediterranean region.
The Greek premier added his belief that the EU is “close to reaching an agreement which includes sanctions to ban Russian exports of oil and oil products to the EU.”
Energy challenges faced by the EU will also be discussed, he added, and that “it is important to bring back the debate on a ceiling on wholesale natural gas prices, so that we can pull down overall energy costs.”
“We will also have the opportunity to discuss some very interesting proposals submitted by the EU in the framework of the new ‘REPowerEU’ project, he noted, which “Greece can take advantage of by absorbing significant additional resources from the unused Recovery & Resilience Facility (RRF) loans,” he observed.
REPowerEU is the EU’s plan to rapidly reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition.