George Tsounis referred extensively to the crisis in Greek-Turkish relations, as well as to the reaction of the US to a potential hot episode.
The market-like manner in which Turkey behaves, not only towards Greece but also towards the USA, is beginning to create some concern, even in the most friendly Western centers.
Despite all Ankara’s challenges, the West insists on wanting to count it in its own camp. But does Turkey want to belong to it? Chances are he wants to win from everywhere. Both from the West and from the East. Whether he will succeed remains to be seen.
At the moment, it is challenging Greece and its people with street expressions without its challenges having a specific response in terms of the possibility of war. Because she can make challenges with her drills.
In any case, no one can be complacent, even about the possibility of a “mistake” in the Aegean that may have unpredictable consequences.
Speaking to ANT1, the US ambassador to Greece, George Tsounis, referred extensively to the crisis in Greek-Turkish relations, as well as the US reaction to a potential hot episode.
“The primary principle is that Greece and Turkey should discuss and resolve their differences diplomatically and in accordance with International Law. There is no other choice.
» A lot is at stake. You are both very respected allies and very important members of NATO. But these matters are extremely serious and important.
» I understand the rhetoric. No one considers it constructive. The only thing that will work is to discuss and resolve the differences diplomatically and according to International Law.
» We are constantly relaying to Greece and Turkey to do just that, because I know that both Greece and Turkey are seeking peace.
» There are differences in many relationships. But peace is the primary principle in this case and can only be achieved diplomatically
»We were extremely consistent. We believe that sharpening rhetoric is neither constructive nor productive. We strongly believe that both of our NATO allies should resolve their differences through diplomacy. This is the right way and will continue to be the right way.
“Here in Athens, my concern is to ensure the relationship between the US and Greece, so that it is as strong and productive as possible” stressed Mr. Tsounis
To the question of whether Greece is faced with an unprovoked attack, it will be alone, Giorgos Tsounis replied: “The Greek army is capable of protecting the homeland. But as the US ambassador, the US will work tirelessly for peace.
We will continue to urge both of our NATO allies to choose diplomatic channels to resolve their differences.
» These differences are not unique and can be resolved. I hope that in the near future, the existing differences between Greece and Turkey will be settled through diplomatic channels.”