Kyriakos Mitsotakis sent a clear message to Ankara, a few hours before the Summit, which takes place today and tomorrow in Brussels.

Athens asks its neighboring country to prove in practice that it wants de-escalation of tension and dialogue, otherwise sanctions should be imposed and insists that the only object of dialogue is the delimitation of the maritime zones in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, as stressed by the Prime Minister.

Europeans will use all means to promote the interests of the community, said a European source in Brussels, noting that the EU is in full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus, while reiterating that Turkey “must stop drilling” in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.

The summit, which begins at noon, will also address EU’s relations with China, the situation in Belarus and the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis, as well as a return to a fully functioning single market as soon as possible, the day after the pandemic.

On the sidelines of the Summit, Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have meetings with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission.