Pres­i­dent stresses de­sire for good re­la­tions with Turkey

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Greek gov­ern­ment sup­port for the demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment in Turkey dur­ing the failed coup at­tempt in July is a clear in­di­ca­tion that Athens wants to pre­serve good-neigh­borly re­la­tions with Ankara, Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los said yes­ter­day, adding that Athens stands firmly be­hind Turkey’s Euro­pean Union mem­ber­ship am­bi­tions.

He was speak­ing dur­ing a visit to Ka­lym­nos in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 1947 an­nex­a­tion of the Dode­canese is­lands to Greece.

How­ever, Pavlopou­los added, “Greece is de­ter­mined, on the ba­sis of in­ter­na­tional… and Euro­pean law, to de­fend its bor­ders, its ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and its sovereignty.”

His com­ments came amid a bar­rage of air space vi­o­la­tions by three Turkish fighter jets in the eastern Aegean. The air­craft, which were not armed, were chased off by Greek jets in ac­cor­dance with in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tions, of­fi­cials said.

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