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Erdogan : ma non sarebbe ora di fermarlo ?
News circulated in the Greek press yesterday that Russia supports Turkish claims in the East Mediterranean,
but this was quickly denied by not only Moscow, but also the Russian Embassy in Athens that described the allegations
as "fake news."
At a time of high volatility between Greece and Turkey, many in Greek media known for having strong
pro-NATO tendencies have been exposed for attempting to shift the blame on why Turkey is behaving aggressively.
Despite decades of NATO and European Union appeasement towards Turkey at the expense of Greek security, sovereignty
and interests, some in Greek media have attempted to portray Turkey's delinquency in the East Mediterranean
due to Russia's complicated relations with Ankara.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova denied the allegations that Russia supports
Turkish provocations in the East Mediterranean on Thursday afternoon.
"We are not looking to take advantage of cross-border disputes.
This approach also applies to the East Mediterranean, an explosive region.
Russia advocates resolving disputes only through political dialogue," said the experienced Zakharova.
Zakharova also said that allegations of Turkey's aggressive actions in the East Mediterranean are
due to Moscow's support is "provocative."
In the same briefing, Zakharova stated "such reasoning can only be described as provocative."
She went on to say that Russia is not seeking benefits through transnational conflicts and problems,
which "fully applies to such a sensitive and explosive region like the East Mediterranean.
We are not pushing anyone to act aggressively. Our cooperation, especially with Turkey, is not directed against
The Russian Embassy in Athens also defended itself from the allegations made by Greek media.
"Unfortunately, we are seeing a further escalation of hysteria over Russian Navy exercises in the East Mediterranean.
Allegations of a lack of understanding of basic NAVTEX issuance procedures for naval exercises in international
waters continue," the Embassy stated in a Twitter thread.
( Redazione )