Dimitris Tzanakopoulos: Tsipras’ visit to Turkey may help to ease tension between the two countries
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras‘ visit to Turkey may help to ease the tension between the two countries’ relations, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Monday from Heraklion, Crete, in an interview.
“We are experiencing a difficult time in our bilateral relations with Turkey, and this is the reason why we must constantly strive for discussion, for diplomatic dialogue. So that we can find ways to calmly and politically solve our differences. I think this is one of the main goals of this visit,” Tzanakopoulos underlined.
“First of all, we can achieve a de-escalation in the tension between Greece and Turkey, and I believe that this visit can help to a great extent with this goal. I think we have many issues to discuss with the Turkish President right now. The Greek prime minister will first try to de-escalate tension in the Aegean, raise the issues of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Cyprus issue, as well as the issues relating to refugees, economic cooperation and energy. I want to tell you that it is a period when, regardless of whether there is a rosy relationship or not between our countries, the visit is deemed necessary by our side,” he added.