A clear message that “Greece today is stronger both geopolitically and militarily as it has developed in the last two years a multilateral diplomacy with alliances at many levels that have strengthened our position and have made our country a factor of peace and stability, not only in “region of the Aegean, but also wider in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean”, sends in an interview to the newspaper Political the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs makes a special reference to the Menendez bill in the USA, noting that his vote follows the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) and that it is another important step in the deepening of the strategic relations between Greece and the USA and sends the message everywhere. that our country has a say and a role in the developments concerning the wider region. But also on a practical level, as he characteristically points out, this bill (typically a law will be signed by President Biden) gives the opportunity to greatly upgrade Greece’s defense capabilities and highlight its geostrategic role in the wider region.
Emphasizing the importance of the Menendez bill, Nikos Dendias underlines that the main message sent by his vote is that Greece is treated internationally as a force of security and stability, having made great strides in these two and a half years of the current government. and upgrading its alliances and diplomatic relations.
Then, answering the question whether the state of the Turkish economy due to the collapse of the Turkish pound can lead Mr. Erdogan to export his nervousness either to the Aegean or to the Cypriot EEZ, Nikos Dendias states that “we are always vigilant and vigilant “while we monitor the movements and reactions of the Turkish side with composure and attention.” He further added that the goals of our foreign policy are not based on what is happening in Turkey and adds: “What we want is a prosperous, peaceful and democratic Turkey. That is why we always hope that Turkey will be able to find solutions to its internal issues and that in terms of our transnational relations it will not escalate to any level. It’s something that does not benefit anyone and, above all, itself. “
Regarding the EU’s response to the provocative and illegal actions of Turkey in Varosia and the wider Eastern Mediterranean region, the Foreign Minister states that Turkey’s behavior, which blatantly violates International Law and the Security Council Resolutions of the United Nations, does not take place without consequences. As noted in the recent Council conclusions on the EU enlargement process, Turkey is moving further and further away from the EU, while its accession negotiations have been virtually frozen, he points out. In the same context, as he recalls, the EU stressed that Turkey must stop all threats and actions that harm good neighborly relations, normalize its relations with the Republic of Cyprus and respect the sovereignty and sovereign rights of all states – hopes that the Turkish leadership will realize – albeit belatedly – that it is in the real interest of Turkish society to maintain good relations with the EU. In fact, it makes it clear that the European acquis, which includes the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Asked about his visit to Thrace last week, he stressed that the Mitsotakis government has demonstrated its willingness to put it at the top of its priorities in order to substantially upgrade its role and importance. “Thrace has the opportunity to use every advantage it has for the development of all sectors of the economy, not only in the region, but also in the wider region and the whole of Southeastern Europe. At the same time, with the two Agreements that we signed with the United States, the great geopolitical importance of the port of Alexandroupolis has emerged “, he notes.
Focusing on the geostrategic position of the port of Alexandroupolis, he emphasizes that the region can develop into a strong energy and transportation center of wider international reference, something that has a positive impact on the security of the country in general. At the same time, he adds, “the port of Alexandroupolis has been integrated in our defense plans and thus serves, in the clearest sense, our national interest.”
Asked about the foreign policy of the new German Foreign Minister, leader of the Greens, Nikos Dendias, after recalling that he had met with her twice when he was in opposition, points out that Greece expects the new German government to play a leading role. role in shaping policies that will strengthen the EU’s position as a force for peace and stability. And that means primarily not relying on political – and much more armaments – review forces that systematically violate international law, threaten war and act destabilizing, he clarifies.
Finally, regarding Libya, Nikos Dendias emphasizes that it is necessary for this long-suffering country to enter a trajectory that will lead it to overcome its internal divisions and to establish a viable and functioning democratic order, which will provide security and stability. both for its people and for the wider region. On the contrary, he adds, “as long as this situation continues and the country does not stabilize, various, largely external, actors are given the opportunity to intervene and promote their own selfish interests to the detriment of the security and well-being of the Libyan people.” .