Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias made yet another plea for the European Union to impose stiffer measures on the nation of Turkey for its rogue acts in the Mediterranean on Thursday, calling its behavior a “delinquent and provocative policy.”
In his remarks, Dendias reiterated once again that “Europe cannot pretend that Turkey is acting as an acceptable player in the region.”
In an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday, the Greek Fortien Minister stated that “Europe must show the limits of (Turkey’s) behavior,” saying that losing another opportunity to show the nation that its recent provocative behavior is unacceptable might give its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan the idea that “it can continue its current behavior without any restriction.”
There will be another chance for EU leaders to decide on any possible sanctions or other moves against Turkey as a protest over its continued provocations in the Mediterranean during a European Council, which will be held December 10-11.
Continuing in his habitual diplomatic approach, Dendias stated that if Ankara would voluntarily choose to halt its recent pattern of behavior and comply with international law, including the International Law of the Sea, “no one will be happier than Greece.”
Dendias additionally reiterated his nation’s repeated calls for Berlin to halt weapons sales to Turkey. Currently, Turkey is the largest market for German weaponry.
According to the Turkish news website duvarenglish.com, in just the first eight months of 2019, Turkey received weapons from Germany worth a total of 250.4 million euros, making it the largest market for its arms. However, it said in its recent report that “Germany’s economic ministry refused to announce the data for the rest of the year ‘to protect the producers,’ therefore the annual figure remains a mystery.”
Dendias protested in his remarks yesterday that “Germany, as the largest country and economy of the EU, has the checks and balances in place to stop the need to export arms to countries that will turn them against two members of the EU,” referring to Greece and Cyprus.