“Russia has no interest in inciting hostility. We do not use such dirty tactics, in no case do they meet our foreign policy priorities,” says the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs deems unacceptable any action that would lead to a further increase in the “conflict potential” in the eastern Mediterranean, considering for the first time the possibility of a Russian diplomacy intervention in an otherwise intra-NATO affair, only if requested by interested parties.
In the exclusive response of the press service of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ethnos.gr and OPEN TV, Moscow expresses its concern over the escalation of tensions in the region and describes as “provocative and inflammatory” the claims that the conflicts between NATO countries benefit Russia.
The full response of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ethnos.gr and OPEN TV is as follows:
“Here in Moscow, we have repeatedly commented on the situation in the eastern Mediterranean. We are closely monitoring the developments and we are undoubtedly concerned about the current escalation of tension in the region.
Our position has not changed: we consider any actions that lead to a further increase in the potential for conflict to be unacceptable. We have repeatedly called on the leaders of the Eastern Mediterranean states to show political insight, to resolve the disputes that arise exclusively through dialogue, always within the framework of the law.
We would be ready to assist in the formation of good neighborly relations between the countries of the region, but, of course, given that it is requested by those concerned. We deem provocative and inflammatory the allegations that the conflicts between NATO countries are supposedly in Moscow’s favor.
Russia has no interest in inciting hostility. We do not use such dirty tactics, in no case do they meet our foreign policy priorities.
It is well known that Greece and Turkey are both members of NATO. There are definitely “formulas” for the reconciliation of the allies, for the settlement of such volatile situations.
It goes without saying that we will continue to address these issues in our political dialogue with Cyprus, among other relevant international and regional issues. “