Greece defends international law – Greek City Times

Greece defends international law and has the right to European Union (EU) solidarity, said former European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering in response to a question on the situation in the eastern Mediterranean and the policy pursued by Turkey in the region which causes tensions.

Speaking at an online event organized by the European Jean Monnet Center of Excellence “Visualization, Analysis and Learning of European Studies”, based at the University of the Peloponnese, the Center for International Political Economy and Governance and European and the Wilfried Martens Center for Europe Studies, on “The future of Europe”, the former President of the European Parliament said that the most important is that the countries of the north of the EU understand that the problems encountered in the eastern Mediterranean are also their problems, and the problems in the east with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, are also the problems of Greece.

As Pöttering said, Greece, as an EU member state, deserves all solidarity when it has problems with neighboring countries, like Turkey.

Turkey is a member of NATO but it is not a member of the EU and we must insist in our relations with your neighbor that we must act in accordance with international law. Greece also defends international law and you deserve our solidarity, he noted.

If there is a violation of international law, we must say so and we must make it clear to all those who violate international law, according to Pöttering.

There must be an answer, said Pöttering and added: Greece deserves solidarity from the whole EU and if there is a violation of its territory or an air violation, we must make it clear to anyone that this will not be accepted by the EU and that we, as the EU, will always be on the side of our Greek partners.

However, he stressed that he is in favor of a clear dialogue to resolve the issues.

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