Need for cau­tion

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It should go without say­ing that for­eign pol­icy re­quires cau­tion and pru­dence, es­pe­cially when it comes to key na­tional is­sues. Ni­cosia on Thurs­day had to dis­miss con­cerns em­a­nat­ing from the Greek De­fense Min­istry that Ankara will pro­voke a dan­ger­ous es­ca­la­tion in ten­sions dur­ing gas ex­trac­tion in the is­land’s ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters by France’s To­tal this sum­mer. Friv­o­lous state­ments and dis­plays of tough-guy pos­tur­ing that are aimed at scor­ing po­lit­i­cal points on the do­mes­tic front are coun­ter­pro­duc­tive in terms of pro­tect­ing na­tional in­ter­ests. Ex­tra cau­tion is called for now that Greece ap­pears to be fac­ing an un­sta­ble and un­pre­dictable neigh­bor. Greece’s leftist prime min­is­ter, Alexis Tsipras, needs to wake up to this re­al­ity, and make it clear to his min­is­ters, be­fore it’s too late.

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