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Distortion of Lavrov’s words by Greek Foreign Minister regarding expansion of water rights.

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ATHENS, May 16 – Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias distorted the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Greece’s right to expand territorial waters to 12 miles in the Aegean Sea, “forgetting” to mention Lavrov’s words about the need to respect the interests of other countries.
Greece’s intention to expand the territorial waters in the Aegean Sea from 6 to 12 miles is one of the most serious disputes between Greece and Turkey. Athens says it has the right to do so under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea’s Convention on the Law of the Sea. Turkey says it will see this as a reason for war, as it would effectively block Ankara’s access to international waters.
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In an interview with Greek state broadcaster ERT Program One, Dendias said there was no need to discuss 12 miles at the negotiating table “because this clause is written in golden letters in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.”
Because I want to be precise, it says “up to 12 miles.” “Each country can extend its territorial waters to 12 miles. And lest we forget, Turkey did it in the Black Sea, and Greece did it in the Ionian Sea. Turkey, as far as I know, did not ask, nor did it ask anyone else. You did not go to Russia to ask: Can I Extension to 12 miles?, Dendias said.
According to him, it is also incorrect that Russia opposes the expansion of Greece’s territorial waters to 12 miles.
“There has always been, you know, a myth that Russia is behind Turkey, that Turkey is shouting that Russia doesn’t want us to advance up to 12 miles, because that closes the passage to the Mediterranean for its fleet. Sergey Lavrov came here and refuted that.” , referring to the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to Athens in October 2020.
“It was written in the minutes of our meeting that Russia does not object to expanding the territorial waters of Greece to 12 miles. So, correctly, Sergey Lavrov took a position, because in fact, this is not Russian. Now Turkey fears that we will block it from the sea, but does anyone seriously believe Turkey That Greece wants to block Turkey from the sea?- said the head of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to him, the Greeks have the largest merchant fleet on the planet, and they want trade. “We don’t want to close the seas, we want to open the roads,” Dendias said.
In fact, Lavrov said that expansion should not affect the rights of others. According to the transcript of the joint press conference of ministers on October 26, 2020 in Athens, Lavrov said that the Russian Federation cannot take any position here other than what is stated in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The Greek side, citing the Russian minister, constantly ignores the words about “common sense and geographical features.”
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