Ahead of the meeting on Greece Day, it calls European Union for strong measures against Turkey

Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dundas, confirmed that Athens will ask the European Union to study the possibility of taking strict measures against Turkey, in response to possible violations of its sovereign rights of Greece.

In an interview with the Greek channel Skai, ahead of the first meeting of the European Union foreign ministers since the beginning of the Corona virus pandemic will be held on Monday in Brussels, Dundias said that Greece will ask the union to "prepare a list of the strongest measures" that may be taken against Turkey in case it violates the sovereign rights of Greece " In reference to Turkish excavations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Minister stressed that Europe should urgently take an appropriate position to prevent any possible violations of Greece's sovereign rights, adding: "If (Europe) does not prevent this happening, it will not like what will come, we have assured Turkey that we will not remain idle."

In this regard, Dundas praised the level of preparedness of the Greek forces for any possible conflict with Turkey.

Simultaneously, the minister pointed out that the sanctions that the European Union might consider will not relate to the recent Turkish decision to convert the historic Hagia Sophia landmark in Istanbul into a mosque, pointing to the need to give Ankara an opportunity to review its decision without exposure to international pressure.

The minister pointed out that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization "UNESCO", not Greece, is the body concerned with the protection of the historical landmark, and warned against the danger of considering the issue of Hagia Sophia an issue related to bilateral relations between Ankara and Athens only, stressing that it bears a global character.

The minister launched a sharp attack on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying: "Erdogan crosses a line and rejects the traditions of his country and turns his back on the international community and its rules, we must not ignore the fact that it does not show any spirit of cooperation within the framework of international law."

For his part, Greek government spokesman, Stelios Pitsas, told Skai that Turkey would face sanctions against the background of the Hagia Sophia case, saying that Erdogan "made a historic mistake."

He continued: "Greece condemns this step and will do everything in its power to have this step have consequences for Turkey."

The spokesman stressed that "all options are on the table," explaining that the talk is not only about sanctions by the European Union, but also by international organizations such as "UNESCO".

He said: "Doubtlessly, we will apply some kind of penalties .. Everyone who violates international law must realize that this illegal behavior will bring him painful sanctions, and that the Hagia Sophia issue is an international issue, and the only certain thing is that such a violation and such grand abuse, must be received with an adequate response. "

However, the Greek newspaper Ekathimerini quoted a senior European Union official as saying that the next meeting, which will focus on the Turkish file, will not discuss any sanctions against Ankara against the background of Mediterranean exploration or developments in Libya.


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