Greece: Turkey Involved in all Regional Tensions


The Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, criticized Ankara’s intervention in the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis between Azerbaijan and Armenia. He reiterated Athens’ support for Yerevan, in light of “Turkish provocation.”

After meeting with his Armenian counterpart, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Dendias said that Turkey’s intervention in the crisis raised serious concerns at the international level. He added, “All tensions and illegal actions, especially in Syria, Iraq, Cyprus, Libya, and the eastern Mediterranean, have a common denominator, which is Turkey. This is in defiance of the European Union’s calls to respect international legitimacy.”

The Greek official pointed out that permanent solutions can only be achieved through diplomatic means and returning to the negotiating table. He warned that there remained very serious security challenges by saying, “In the immediate vicinity, but we are striving to find diplomatic solutions in the interest of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. In both cases, it is crucial for the international community to make a clear distinction between those who ignited and raised tensions, and those who maintain a constructive approach and remain committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes,” he said.

Meanwhile, Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to exchange accusations over ceasefire violations. An armistice was brokered by Russia and entered into force on Saturday.

The Armenian Ministry of Defence said that Azerbaijani forces continued to target cities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Simultaneously, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry accused Armenia of targeting several sites in Tartar, Adam, and Goranboy with heavy artillery fire.

Armenia announced the destruction of 552 Azerbaijani military vehicles, including armoured vehicles and drones, since the beginning of the three-week conflict. Yerevan added in a statement that the battles resulted in the destruction of 181 drones, 21 aircraft, 16 helicopters, and four missile launcher systems, all of the Azerbaijani army.