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Mitsotakis for Erdogan: An opportunity to chart a path of rapprochement

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The meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be an opportunity to redefine the framework of Greek-Turkish relations and chart a path toward rapprochement, without, of course, Greece backing down from the red lines we have spoken about publicly many times,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said  in a press conference held immediate after the end of the European leaders’ summit.

“I want to see the glass half full. There have been less violations of the Greek airspace by the Turkish air force lately while there is better cooperation with the Turkish authorities in migration,” he underlined. Referring to the two-day proceedings of the Council, he said: “It was a long and difficult session at which, unfortunately, we did not reach conclusions due to the refusal of Poland and Hungary to agree with the rest of the member-states,” Mitsotakis said.

Asked about the suspension of Frontex’s activities in Greece, the prime minister said that it has not come to his attention. “We had good cooperation with Frontex that we expect to continue,” he stressed.