During a visit to Armenia On October 16, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias expressed his concern over the violations of the ceasefire in the Artsakh conflict, expressed his solidarity with the Armenian people for this situation and criticized the interference of Turkey.
After a meeting with his Armenian counterpart, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, the two held a joint press conference, in which the Greek chancellor argued: “We are very concerned about the violations of the agreements. The ceasefire must be strictly observed. We believe that durable solutions are only possible through diplomatic means, returning to the negotiating table under the auspices of the Minsk Group ”.
Continuing with this point, the Hellenic official said: “It is important that the international community clearly distinguish between those who are adding fuel to the fire and those who are adopting a constructive approach and remain committed to the peaceful option to resolve disputes.”
For his part, regarding the Turkish participation directly, Dendias added: “Ankara’s interference in another conflict is very worrying. It has brought serious concerns in the international arena ”.
In turn, recalling the escalations and Turkish actions in Syria, Iraq, Cyprus, Libya and the Mediterranean Sea, he commented: “All these places have a well-known common denominator. That is Turkey and its disregard of the requests of the European Union to respect international legitimacy ”.
The Greek minister recalled that his country was the first to urge the EU to call for a lasting ceasefire and stated that they had also called their Ambassador in Baku for consultations.
Meanwhile, the Armenian Foreign Minister thanked his counterpart for his visit and expressed during the conference: “Our regions, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus, are currently facing the same threat, the basis of which is Turkey’s expansionist policy.”
During his trip, Dendias also met with Nikol Pashinyan and assured him that in this difficult situation, Greece and its citizens support the Armenian people. For his part, the premier thanked him for his statements and stated: “Armenia attaches great importance to the constant development of ties with Greece, the significance of which stands out even more in the current complex regional and geopolitical situation.”
Finally, the Greek Chancellor took advantage of his stay in Armenia to visit the Genocide Memorial, in which he paid respect to the victims and left floral offerings. He also attended the Armenian Genocide Museum.