Turkish leadership leaves no room for negotiation, Greek top diplomat says
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said Turkish leadership has made choices that leave no room for negotiation.
These choices are leading Turkey down a “dangerous path,” Dendias told reporters in Athens on Wednesday, according to the Kathimerini newspaper.
“That is cause for concern,” Dendias said.
The relations between Turkey and Greece that have already been historically embroiled in a series of regional disputes, have further soured since Ankara accused Athens of harassing Turkish fighter jets with Russian S-300s on Aug. 23, during engaged in missions in international airspace over the eastern Mediterranean. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Greece for militarily targeting the country any moment if necessary, prompting immediate reactions from Greece and international community.
Tensions between the two NATO allies have strained this year over a range of issues, including territorial claims. While Ankara and Athens blame each other of violating their airspace, Turkey also accuses Greece for militarizing its islands in violation of international treaties.
Hydrocarbon exploration rights in Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus and migration are some of other conflicting issues between the two neighbors.