Greek Deputy Foreign Minister: Erdogan’s Intervention in Libya is Neo-Ottoman Expansion – Al Marsad

Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, Meltadis Varvitsiotis, described the intervention schemes of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Libya as a neo-Ottoman expansion.

[Libya, 27 December 2019] – “The Turkish president has ambitions that will elicit many reactions. The reactions to this neo-Ottoman expansion are strong and they come from many countries. Erdogan is playing with fire and is provoking reactions not only from Greece, but also from all actors in the global order.” Varvitsiotis said in press statements.

Varvitsiotis stressed that Erdogan is playing with fire and that with this move, he will isolate himself further. The Greek Deputy Foreign Minister sent a tacit warning to Ankara, “Greece is not complacent and will remain vigilant.”

Meltadis Varvitsiotis stressed in his statement the importance of the scheduled visit to the White House of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek Prime Minister, on 7 January, noting that Athens government is intensifying its efforts to internationalize what he described as the issue of Turkish provocations in order to maintain security and stability in the Mediterranean region.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the White House on 7 January

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this month that his country will deploy boots on the ground in Libya in response to a request his government received from the Government of National Accord in Tripoli. Several press reports indicated the relocation of pro-Turkey Syrian armed opposition fighters in Tripoli frontlines to fight with GNA militias against the Libyan National Army.

© Al Marsad English (2019)