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Mitsotakis Says Greece Isn’t Threat to Turkey But Has ‘Red Line’

  • Greek premier combines tough stance and conciliatory message
  • UN assembly speech follows Erdogan comments on Aegean Sea
Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Greece won’t allow any country to cross the “red line” of challenging its sovereignty, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said at the United Nations, while also suggesting peaceful coexistence with Turkey is possible.

Mitsotakis’s speech was in part a reply to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who used his General Assembly speech this week to present Turkey as a mediator in Ukraine and blamed Greece for the deaths of at least two refugee children by pushing back migrants in the Aegean Sea.