Greece ‘will not make slightest compromise’ on migrant issue – Greek PM

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said his government will defend Greece’s rights in any way that is appropriate and his country’s sovereign rights will not be compromised,.

If Turkey uses migrants and refugees as leverage in the territorial dispute in the Mediterranean exacerbated by Turkey’s recent deal with the UN-recognised government of Libya, “Greece will not make the slightest compromise,” Mitsotakis said.

Turkey, currently home to some 3.6 million Syrian refugees, has on several occasions threatened to open its western borders to allow another wave of migration into Europe, most recently as a response to criticism against its October incursion into northern Syria.

Mitsotakis said Turkey is “desperately isolated after signing its memorandum of understanding with Libya.”

European Council on Thursday unequivocally reaffirmed its solidarity with Greece and Cyprus regarding the agreement between Ankara and Tripoli.

Turkish foreign ministry on Friday said in a statement that the EU has no jurisdiction over maritime boundaries.

On Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had announced Turkey’s possible joint drilling activities with Libya and intention to prevent any violation of what the country considers to be included in its continental shelf.

Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said on Friday that Turkey was to launch seismic research in licensed parts of the Mediterranean in 2020, Sputnik Turkish wrote.

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