Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias sent a clear message to EU member-states “to follow France’s example and not supply arms to countries that threaten war”, especially when the threats were against other countries in the EU. Dendias’s message has been interpreted as criticism to Spain just hours after the Psanish Prime Minister visited Ankara to discuss defense cooperation with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Dendias made his statement after a meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Athenspn Friday.
He also underlined that Greece promotes regional stability and focused on the “timeless excellent ties between Greece and France,” making a special reference to the Strategic Partnership Agreement which, as he said, is the capstone of Greek-French bilateral relations.
He reassured that the agreement with France does not threat anyone.
The two ministers also discussed the very worrying situation in Sahel and the risk the instability will spread in the wider region: “Greece shares France’s worries over the Sahel and is closely monitoring developments via the new Greek Embassy in Senegal,” he said.
Dendias expressed Greece’s will to strengthen its relationship with African countries, stating that he will next week visit Gabon, to which Greece will donate vaccines.
On the developments in the western Balkans, Dendias said that “I am sorry to say that we are not very comfortable” and said that they agreed to send them a message on their European perspective”. He also reiterated that he supports Albania and North Macedonia’s EU accession deliberations before the end of the year.