Greek PM informs German Chancellor about Turkish provocations

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis briefed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Turkey's wrongdoings and aggressive rhetoric that undermines stability in the Eastern Mediterranean on the sidelines of the European Union summit in Brussels on Tuesday, Proto Thema reported, citing Greek government sources.

The Greek prime minister, during his first meeting with the German chancellor, who took office in December 2021, highlighted the growing tensions in the region due to Turkey's actions, the newspaper wrote.

"According to government sources, Mitsotakis informed the German Chancellor in detail about Turkish provocations - violations of Greek airspace and overflights by Turkish [military] aircraft over Greek islands - as well as the neighboring country's aggressive rhetoric, which, the Prime Minister said, undermines stability in the Mediterranean. Mitsotakis reportedly showed Scholz the [Turkish] Blue Homeland map (Ankara's claims to vast territorial waters and territorial shelf in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas) and asked for German support, that is, for a policy of keeping an equal distance from Athens and Ankara," the newspaper wrote.

"According to government sources, it is clear that Athens does not like the logic of equal distances followed by German government representative Christiane Hofmann, who urges the two countries to resolve their differences through dialogue," the paper adds.

At the meeting, which lasted 45 minutes, the two leaders also discussed support for Ukraine and the energy crisis.