Exclusive: Turkey has been trying over two months to initiate contact with Greece

Exclusive: Turkey has been trying over two months to initiate contact with Greece

For more than two months, through various channels, Turkey has been trying to get in touch with the Greek Government in order to establish communication between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, according to exclusive information from IBNA.

According to competent Turkish sources IBNA reached out to, these calls for communication between the two leaders received no response by the Greek Government, resulting to moves perceived as provocative by the Greek side, which however constituted a form of pressure from the Turkish side in order for Erdogan and Mitsotakis to get in touch.

This was achieved through the pressure the Turkish President exerted towards Angela Merkel, in order for her to push the Greek Prime Minister to call Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the phone.

As senior Turkish officials state exclusively to IBNA, Turkey wishes for the two countries to engage in a process of honest and constructive dialogue, without gray areas, within the framework of International Law.

Commenting on the rhetoric of the Greek government, the same officials wondered how it was possible for Greece to know what we [the Turkish side] want to discuss and to reject it, without even opening the dialogue.

Lately, on various occasions, and especially after the signing of the demarcation of the EEZ between Greece and Italy, Turkish officials have requested in their statements direct dialogue between the two countries on the demarcation of the Greek-Turkish EEZ. According to the same officials who spoke to IBNA, the Turkish side envisions the demarcation based on the Agreement reached between Greece and Italy, as they believe that this agreement meets all the conditions required by Turkey to conclude a demarcation agreement.

The only red line drawn by the Turkish side is that talks only concern Greece and not Cyprus, with whom they do not wish to engage in such a process, as they believe the problems between them concern both communities.

Therefore, the statements of the Spokesman of the Presidency Ibrahim Kalin on CNN Turk on Tuesday, during which he once again called for a direct dialogue with Greece without mediations, conditions and terms, did not come out of the blue at all. /ibna