ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The Greek Prime Minister said on Friday that his government was ready to support the European Union’s “positive” agenda for relations with Turkey, signaling a further easing of tensions between neighboring countries.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels.
“Of course, we are always open to a positive agenda but in a progressive, proportionate and reversible way …, provided that the current de-escalation is maintained and that Turkey participates constructively in the dialogue and respects the conditions set by the EU ”Mitsotakis said in Athens.
A long-running dispute between Turkey and Greece over borders and natural resource rights in the eastern Mediterranean erupted last summer when Turkey sent energy research vessels to waters where Greece claims jurisdiction.
An accumulation of the navy in the region at the time raised fears of a military confrontation.
The EU has largely supported Greece in the dispute. But he did not respond to Athens’ demand to impose sweeping sanctions on Turkey and instead pressured Ankara to resume diplomatic talks with Greece. Turkey is not a member of the EU.
Diplomats from the two countries have held two rounds of talks in recent months for the first time in five years, while foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey have also made reciprocal visits.