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Threats against Cyprus ‘entirely unacceptable’, Greece tells Turkey

“Greece does not accept recommendations on how to exercise its policy and protect its national interests,” diplomatic sources stressed on Tuesday, in response to Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan statements that “Cyprus, Greece should ‘stay away’ from Middle East matters.”

“During the Middle East crisis, Greece has maintained a stance of principle that is appreciated by all parties involved and, for this reason, has kept all channels of communication open, without having fallen out with any country, the sources stressed.

Regarding the threats against Cyprus, the same sources stressed that “threats against the sovereignty and existence of a member-state of the European Union are entirely unacceptable,” and said that “Greece, along with all the European Union member-states, stands in solidarity with Cyprus.”

Greece’s reaction comes after Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan suggested that Cyprus put itself in the way of becoming a target of Hezbollah, after the Lebanon-based militant group threatened the EU member-state that it would become “part of this war too,” if it allowed Israel to use its bases and airports.

“We are faced with a great threat and risk of expansion here. As long as Israel’s genocide continues, this risk will continue. We have been underlining this from the beginning,” Fidan said in an interview with Turkey’s Haberturk.

Cyprus, he suggested, “has turned into an operation center, after October 7. Following the first operations launched by Israel, we saw intelligence reports saying that the ‘Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus’ has become a base used by certain countries, especially in operations against Gaza. That is, intelligence flights and military flights are constantly carried out of there for Gaza.”

Fidan went on to suggest that an international humanitarian aid corridor set up for getting food and medicine to the Palestinian people in Gaza via the Republic of Cyprus was a “logistics operation” that “has obviously turned into an activity that conceals the fact that it is actually a military base.”

He even went so far as to suggest that “the Greek islands are used for operations towards the Middle East,” warning that this will not “benefit the Greek Cypriot Administration nor Greece.”

“Our advice, we told the Greeks, is to stay away from these matters, because when you get involved in the ongoing wars in the Middle East in this way, when you become a party to it, the fire will come and find you, and we are in the same geography, so it will come and find us too.”

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  1. As all the countries, apart from the 3, are condemning the wreckless genocide of the killing of women and children, your Greek government is still siding with Israhell, and offering them a military base in the south of Cypress and helping the war in Gaza to further expand, rather than call for a cease fire to save lives.
    The Greek Defense Minister should be very careful that this may turn around and bite you in the ass.
    Peace to all !!

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