Referring to Greek-Turkish relations while speaking on the island of Kastellorizo on Tuesday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras noted the example of good cooperation given by the local communities on the Greek and Turkish shores, in Kastellorizo and on Turkey's coast. The political leaderships of the two sides sometimes failed to follow this good example, Tsipras added.

Greece, he said, can defend and does defend its sovereign rights and territorial integrity. "We do not bargain, nor do we give away a single inch of our territory.... Of course, Greece neither threatens but nor is it afraid of anyone," was his clear message.

Tsipras visited Kastellorizo to inaugurate two desalination units on the extreme southeastern Aegean island.