Greece: Turkey’s imperial delusions of gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean

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Greece urged the European Union yesterday to reconsider the customs union with Turkey, in response to Ankara’s continuing gas exploration activities in a disputed area in the Mediterranean, and denounced what it described as “imperialist illusions” in Turkey.
“The three leaders agreed that Ankara is flagrantly violating international law,” said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, after meeting with Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
According to Reuters, Mitsotakis added, “The Turkish leadership has illusions of following imperialist behavior and in a hostile way, starting from Syria to Libya, through Somalia and Cyprus, and from the Aegean to the Caucasus,” and continued, “The European Union should note the numerous violations that Turkey commits to a customs agreement. Between her and the agglomeration. “
“It is not possible for a country that is a candidate for membership in the European Union to obtain exemption from customs duties, to reap the benefits of the single market, while threatening the eastern borders of the European Union,” Mitsotakis said.
Greece, Egypt and Cyprus hold regular summit meetings to enhance regional cooperation, while Sisi described the tripartite cooperation mechanism between these countries as unique.





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