ANKARA (AA) – The Greek premier dismissed the prospect of war with Türkiye during a speech at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Switzerland’s winter resort of Davos.
“We will not go to war with Turkey though we witnessed a lot of tension in the last three years,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said when asked if it is dangerous to vacation on the Greek island of Kastellorizo (Meis), miles from the Turkish summer resort town of Kas in Antalya province.
“We should be able to sit down with Türkiye to resolve our main difference, the delimitation of maritime zones in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean,” he said.
Mitsotakis said he trusts that there will be a de-escalation with Ankara after elections which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated could be held May 14.
Türkiye, a NATO member for more than 70 years, has complained of repeated provocative actions and rhetoric by Greece in the region in recent months, including arming islands near Turkish shores that are demilitarized under treaty obligations. Ankara said the moves frustrate its good-faith efforts for peace.