Minister for Foreign Affairs
Some analysts say that Nikos Dendias' toughening rhetoric toward Germany is his own personal choice rather than a stance agreed with Kyriakos Mitsotakis. It is a rather unlikely scenario. It is unthinkable that the Greek foreign minister would escalate his strong-worded criticism of German cozying up to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan without his prime minister's consent.
Greece is ready to engage in talks with Turkey as long as Turkey proves its commitment to international law, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said Thursday, warning Ankara against a diplomatically-expedient, short-term readjustment of its foreign policy in view of the upcoming European Council on December 10-11.
Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will brief representatives of the opposition parties on Thursday on the recent defense and foreign policy cooperation agreement and the Joint Declaration of Strategic Partnership signed by Greece and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week.
The meeting is part of the regular briefing of parliamentary parties on current foreign policy issues.
Turkey's illegal activities in the Eastern Mediterranean were at the center of a telephone call Wednesday between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides ahead of Friday's extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting.
No more details were immediately available about the call.
As Ankara continued to escalate tensions on Tuesday, with successive statements by Turkish officials announcing the continuation of exploratory activities by the Oruc Reis survey vessel, as well as new ones in areas of the Greek continental shelf, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias declared that Greece will not accept a fait accompli in the Eastern Mediterranean and called on the Turkish government