"Nobody wants an incident in the Aegean".
"Not only us, that are a peace-loving country and base our interests on the international law but also Turkey that wants to keep a controlled tension in the Aegean and to promote its own policy. But, in no case, Turkey seeks a conflict or an incident" said Foreign Minister George Katrougalos in a statement to the newspaper VIMA estimating that an incident in the Aegean is not probable.
Katrougalos attributed the Turkish officials’ statements to the general policy of the neighbouring country and for reasons of domestic consumption. "It suits Turkey's revision policy to maintain a level of escalating tension which increases according to the internal conjuncture but it knows that a conflict would be disastrous.
The Greek Foreign Minister sent a clear message to Turkey noting that Ankara is aware that nobody will win from a conflict in the Aegean and the thought of an incident would harm its economy which is currently on a knife edge.
He however said that Greece remains vigilant to prevent a bad scenario. The Greeks must feel safe" he noted.
On the continuous NAVTEX issues for exercises, he said that are part of the escalating but controlled tension.