Mike Pompeo in Athens: We have told the Turks that illegal drilling is unacceptable

The US will offer clear and undisputable guarantees to support Greece regarding the Turkish aggressive stance in the eastern Mediterranean, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in joint statements with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Saturday.

Pompeo who is paying an official visit to Greece noted that USA understands the risks as they are aware of the activities taking place and in this context “we are working to get the parties, everyone, to de-escalate and find the outcomes that are mutually agreeable”.

The US official noted that “We’ve make clear that operations in international waters are governed by a set of rules. We have told the Turks that illegal drilling is unacceptable and we will continue to take diplomatic actions to make sure that we do, as we do always, ensure that lawful activity takes place”.

We want to make sure that rules govern international exploration in the Mediterranean Seas’ energy resources and that no country can hold Europe hostage, he underlined.

Pompeo also said that today is a new day for the relations between USA and Greece, a relationship that has truly never been stronger.

Source: ANA-MPA



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