FM Gerapetritis: Greece willing to build on positive climate with Turkiye
Greece is willing to build on the positive climate with Turkiye but there has to be a corresponding response, Greek Foreign Affairs Minister George Gerapetritis said on Thursday during a discussion of the EU Foreign Affairs Council with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the latter through teleconference.
The Greek FM underlined Greece's belief that NATO's unity is necessary especially now, and that defending Ukraine is a matter of principle. He also repeated Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' announcement that Greece will contribute 2.5 million euros to the total support package for Ukraine.
Greece acts as a bridge in the southern neighborhood of Europe, Gerapetritis added, and expressed the hope that all countries in the East Mediterranean region will follow the example of good relations forged by Greece with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and other countries.
At the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Gerapetritis also briefed his EU counterparts of the meeting between Mitsotakis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on thesidelines of the Vilnius summit. As he noted, "A fundamental condition for any boosted collaboration between the EU and Turkiye is peace and stability in the East Mediterranean. We cannot talk about improving relations under a state of threats, violations of sovereignty, territorial integrity and the fundamental principles of the UN Charter and International Law in general."