Germany’s ambassador to Greece, Ernst Reichel, has called it «unacceptable» to question the country’s territorial integrity in a clear allusion to the Turkish government’s stance on the Aegean islands, an issue that has raised tension between the parties.
«The German position is clear. Any doubt about Greek territorial integrity and sovereignty is unacceptable,» he reiterated in a message broadcast via Twitter.
His words came after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to take a position on maps presented by his ally, nationalist and Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli, depicting several Greek islands as Turkish.
Mitsotakis thus asked Erdogan to «take a clear position» on the latest statements of his coalition ally, although in mid-June Athens ruled out entering into a «sterile confrontation» with the Turkish government and said it had responded to Ankara’s accusations with «evidence».
Athens has repeatedly stressed that it «will not enter the fray» and has insisted that the Turkish accusations «have no basis whatsoever» despite the maps and charts presented by Turkey in connection with the dispute between the two countries in the Aegean area.