In an interview with Politico American newspaper, the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that Germany does not respond to its leading role in the European Union when it rejects Athens' calls for an embargo on sending arms to Turkey.
Dendias said: "In order to set a good example, I cannot understand Germany's reluctance to use the enormous power of its economy to bind states to international law."
Dendias added: "I understand the economic aspect in Germany, but I am sure that the latter also understands the tremendous contradiction in providing weapons to a country that threatens peace and stability in two European Union countries. This is actually the definition of contradiction."
He added that he does not understand why Greece raised the matter in Berlin instead of Germany realizing the matter on its own, that this does not correspond to its role in Europe.
The foreign minister pointed out that if European Union leaders do the same thing they did at the October summit, this means that they have not learned the lesson, and it will be a wrong signal sent from Europe to all countries of the world.
The foreign minister stated that he looks forward to working with the next U.S. administration, as President-elect Joe Biden and the new Secretary of State Anthony Blinken are well-versed in the region and the Greek-Turkish problems..
He said: "I think that the region needs the presence of the United States, especially its military presence, in a way that compensates for the lack of a European military presence in the region."