Following a letter to the Commissioner for enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi regarding the suspension of the EU-Turkey customs union, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias launched another “diplomatic strike”, calling Germany, Italy and Spain for an arms embargo on Turkey.

In letters to the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Spain and Italy, Athens puts its European partners before their responsibilities and asks them to suspend the shipment of military equipment to Turkey.

Especially in his letter to his German counterpart, the Greek minister asks not to be given the permits for the export of specific military equipment to Turkey, such as submarines, frigates, aircraft, and armor upgrades.

According to diplomatic sources, in his letters to his counterparts Heiko Maas (Germany), Arancha Gonzalez-Laya (Spain) and Luigi Di Maio (Italy), Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias points out Turkey’s recent provocative actions, which, as he underlines, aim at creating a ‘fait accompli’ using military means.

In this context, Dendias recalled the relevant intervention of Greece’s prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, at the last European Council regarding the obligation of the EU member-states, arising from the common position that they have adopted, to suspend the export of military equipment to third countries when this equipment is used in acts of aggression or regional destabilisation, which is precisely what Turkey is doing.