‘Greece will be alone in case of conflict with Turkey’

In the event of a possible conflict between Greece and Turkey, Athens will be alone, former defence minister Evangelos Apostolakis has said.

“We will probably be alone, although there is support from the United States and the EU. If we need to come into conflict, we will probably be alone. We have to make these calculations,” he said.

Turkey has announced that in a couple of months it will start gas drilling activities in Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), something described by Athens as a “red line”.

Apostolakis said that declaring the EEZ with Egypt and Italy is of paramount importance and called on the Greek government to strengthen its alliances on a diplomatic level.

“But there are many countries (eg Egypt and Israel) that do not want to completely close the window of future cooperation with Turkey,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Anonymous Greece, a famous hacker group, attacked over the weekend the websites of Turkey’s ministries of foreign affairs and defence.

(Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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