Greece’s foreign minister said his country might work together with Turkey to exploit natural resources whereas urging Ankara to settle its dispute with the European Union over offshore drilling within the Mediterranean.
Nikolaos Dendias stated in an interview in Washington that there are a variety of issues where Greece might cooperate with Turkey. These alternatives are presently held up by a disagreement over Turkey’s drilling operations within the waters off Cyprus.
“We have to help our societies create growth, create prosperity, create stability within the area and also really at the end of the day, become friends again,” Dendias stated. “There are millions of synergies from tourism to exploitation of natural sources. You name it; it’s there.”
Turkey’s already strained relationship with the EU has frayed additional since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government vowed to go ahead with energy exploration within the eastern Mediterranean in a growing dispute with EU member Cyprus. EU overseas ministers — including Dendias — agreed on Monday to freeze most high-level contacts with Turkey and to chop the move of funds to the nation, whereas holding again for now on sanctions that could target Turkish companies involved in offshore drilling within the area.
“For us, it is not a question of the number of penalties,” the 59-year-old lawyer and former defense minister stated within the interview at his nation’s embassy on Wednesday. “It’s to make Turkey understand that that’s not the way forward either for them or Cyprus or the steadiness within the area or for us.”