Statement by Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis on Turkey

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In a statement to the press in Thessaloniki, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis made assessments on relations with Turkey and the problem of immigration.

Arguing that the interests of Turkey and Greece, especially in the issue of migrants, are largely parallel, Miçotakis stressed that there was less tension between Turkey and Greece in 2021 compared to the previous year. .

Mitsotakis said tensions should be avoided in bilateral relations.

Responding to a question about the arming by Greece of certain Aegean and Mediterranean islands and Turkey’s objection to this, Mitsotakis said: “Our right to defend ourselves is not negotiable. used the expression.

Noting that Athens will continue its strategy of protecting its borders, Mitsotakis said: “We can extend the steel fence built in Meriç if necessary. noted.

In order to prevent irregular migration, Athens increased the length of the steel fence it installed at the land border between Turkey and Greece to 40 kilometers, and construction of the fence was completed in August 2021. .

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