Athens commits “fatal mistake” by cooperating with France in eastern Mediterranean, says Greek deputy

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A Greek lawmaker criticized Athens for trusting France completely, saying the European country only supported their nation for its own interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, as she called Turkey a regional superpower.“Nobody comes to Greece because they love us. They are not dying for Greek interests, ”Liana Kanelli, member of the Greek Parliament from the Greek Communist Party, said on a live broadcast.

Calling Athens cooperation with Paris a “fatal mistake” Kanelli, who is also a journalist, said some people were chanting in favor of Greece and France, but they should remember former French President Giscard d’Estaing, who initially supported their country’s entry into the European Union, then later said Athens should be suspended from the bloc due to its monetary policy.

D’Estaing had called Greece’s adoption of the euro in 2001 a “mistake” because he claimed that its leaders “neither wanted nor planned to follow euro zone policies” on limiting the euro. debt and deficits.

His words echo those of former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, a leading candidate for the French presidency in 2017, who declared that Greece had to be helped out of the euro “without drama”.

Referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the strategic mastermind behind Ankara who protects the country’s interests, Kalenni called Turkey a regional superpower.

Turkey and Greece have disagreed on many issues, but the issue of gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean has particularly heightened tensions between the two neighbors.

Greece is seeking to block Turkey’s exploration of the region’s energy resources, which Ankara says is well within its rights. Athens attempted to restrict Turkey’s maritime territory, attempting to enclose it within its coasts due to the proximity of a small number of Greek islands to the Turkish coast.

Turkey argued that the parties should instead sit down to dialogue in order to achieve a win-win solution based on the equitable sharing of resources.

Ankara maintains that some of the blocks – particularly Blocks 4, 5, 6 and 7 on which the Greek Cypriots have mandated international energy companies like the Italian ENI and the French Total for exploration – violate the 200 mile continental shelf. of the country as well as the 14-mile territorial waters of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which has been excluded from exploration efforts by the Greek Cypriot administration in the south of the island.

France has deployed military jets to the Greek-administered part of Cyprus under the pretext that they are organizing an exercise with Greece and Italy, which Turkey says is against the 1960 Cyprus treaties.

Athens also said it would buy jets and military equipment from Paris as part of a defense deal.

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