Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Nikos Dendias has expressed disappointment over Germany’s sale of submarines to Turkey, a move he says will change the balance in the Aegean Sea in Ankara’s favor. After.
Dendias met on Wednesday June 16 in Athens Nils Schmid, spokesperson for the Social Democratic parliamentary group (SPD) for foreign affairs in the German parliament.
“I can only express our deep disappointment over the role of the SPD in the arms embargo motions against Turkey. Prime Minister Mitsotakis and I have repeatedly spoken to almost everyone in Germany about the need to maintain balance in the Aegean Sea, ”said Dendias.
Athens has repeatedly called on EU partners to impose an arms embargo on Turkey given the escalating conflict between neighboring countries in the eastern Mediterranean.
Germany, Spain and Italy blocked Greece’s request to the EU Council, while the SPD recently voted against a bill banning the export of submarines to Turkey.
Dendias said the delivery of submarines to a country that continues to destabilize the region will change, to the detriment of states that want stability and respect international rules, the balance of power.
EU ready for dialogue with Turkey
EU leaders are preparing for a summit on June 24-25 that will also discuss the bloc’s next steps as it relates to Turkey.
According to the draft conclusions, obtained by EURACTIV.com, the EU welcomes the continued de-escalation in the eastern Mediterranean.
“The European Council reiterates the EU’s willingness to engage with Turkey in a progressive, proportionate and reversible manner to strengthen cooperation in a number of areas of common interest, subject to the conditionalities set out in March and in the previous conclusions of the European Council, ”the document states. bed.
EURACTIV understands that the EU intends to follow a carrot and stick approach. In practice, if Turkey engages in dialogue and defuses tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, gifts such as the modernization of the EU-Turkey customs union will be granted.
Otherwise, the options of the European summit in March will be activated with the aim of reaching specific sectors of the Turkish economy. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)