Greece satisfied with EU support on east Med dispute

Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Friday that Athens was satisfied with support received by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a working dinner with European Union leaders at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Kathimerini reported.

Mitsotakis went to Brussels with an urgent mission to gather support in Greece’s dispute with Turkey, which last month agreed a memorandum of understanding with the Libyan government in Tripoli demarcating marine borders that overlap with Greek claims.

Petsas said the prime minister had secured agreement from European leaders to issue a statement condemning the memorandum.

The draft conclusions of the summit said the Turkey-Libya deal violated Greece’s sovereignty and international law, the Greek Reporter said on Friday.

“The European Council unequivocally reaffirms its solidarity with Greece and Cyprus regarding these actions by Turkey,” the news site quoted the draft conclusion as saying.

“It is clear from statements during the dinner and in previous days that there must be a common European policy that is now being shaped, not only on the issue of Turkish provocations in the Mediterranean but also on other issues such as migration and refugees,” the Athens-Macedonian News Agency quoted Petsas as saying.

“In general, the relationship that Europe wants to have with Turkey, which is indeed an important country for the interests of all countries in the region, must be compatible with international law and the social acquis in order for these relations to become even better,” he said.