Greek PM holds phone call with Trump over EastMed tensions

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis held a phone call with U.S. President on Wednesday to discuss the developments Eastern Mediterranean, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported, citing the prime ministry.  

Mitsotakis raised the issue of “Turkey’s destabilizing actions, which are endangering peace and stability in the broader region and testing the cohesion of NATO,” it said.

Tensions over energy resources escalated between Ankara and Athens after Turkey sent its Oruç Reis survey vessel to waters claimed by both sides in the Eastern Mediterranean this month. Athens has called the move illegal, while the EU has urged Turkey halt activities in the region.  

“Greece is ready to contribute meaningfully to a de-escalation on the condition that Turkey ceases all provocative actions at once,” Mitsotakis told Trump.

The top U.S. State Department official for Europe, Phil Reeker, has said Turkey’s actions in the region were undermining the unity of the NATO alliance, Kathimerini reported on Wednesday, citing a letter penned by Reeker to American Hellenic Institute (AHI) on behalf of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as saying.

NATO on Wednesday called for dialogue to ease tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish President on Wednesday vowed that Turkey would make “no concessions” in the region and that Ankara is determined to do whatever is necessary to obtain its rights in the Black Sea, Aegean and Mediterranean.

“We don’t have our eye on someone else’s territory, sovereignty and interests, but we will make no concessions on that which is ours,” state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Erdoğan as saying at an event on Wednesday commemorating the 11th-century military victory by Seljuk Turks over the Byzantine empire at Malazgirt.

The Turkish president also urged Greece to “avoid wrongs that will be the path to ruin”.

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