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Geoffrey Pyatt notes how Greece and Turkey almost went to war in 2020

The outgoing US Ambassador, Geoffrey Pyatt, spoke about the Greek-Turkish crisis of 2020 and revealed unknown aspects. According to him, Greece and Turkey reached the brink of conflict at that time and it was necessary, as he says, to "take action intensively to help to prevent things from getting out of control."

"What was happening was more dramatic than the image projected by the media," he said in an interview with Kathimerini.

According to Pyatt, "you heard US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo say we thought this was a very serious crisis and we worked hard to help keep things under control. Conditions are much better today, despite the continuing unacceptable activities, the overflights, the rhetorical exaggerations, the silly statements questioning the sovereignty of the islands, which from the American side is indisputable."

On Article 5

"The strategic landscape around the Aegean, the Black Sea, Asia Minor has changed dramatically since February 24, and I think the developments in Ukraine make it more important for the US to do what it can to ensure that Turkey will behave as a good NATO ally towards all its neighbors. "This is not the time for distractions, whether created by politics, rhetoric or military maneuvers."

Regarding security guarantees, the outgoing US Ambassador to Athens points out that "there is Article 5. You have heard from President Biden a very clear commitment to it and the willingness to provide American forces, equipment and funds to strengthen and to defend this guarantee ".

Asked if it could be implemented "even if the threat comes from within the Alliance", Mr Pyatt said: "Article 5 is the cornerstone of everything we do in terms of our security relationship with the Greece and NATO ".

Biden - Mitsotakis meeting

Ahead of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis's visit to Washington and meeting with Joe Biden, Mr Pyatt said he was aware of the importance for Greece of the invitation for the US President himself and to the US Government as a whole. 

He added that they would discuss, among other things, the ongoing efforts with allies and partners to support the Ukrainian people and impose financial sanctions on Russia for its unprovoked invasion, energy security and cooperation with Greece on natural gas.

  • Published in Greece

US Ambassador Pyatt to attend launch event for PPC Cycling Tour of Greece

U.S. Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt is to attend the launch of the PPC Cycling Tour of Greece that will begin in at Mikro Koules in Heraklion, Crete on Tuesday, as a guest of Deputy Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis.
An avid fan of cycling, Pyatt has warmly supported efforts to revive the cycling tour.

A stage has been set up at the landmark Mikro Koules, where 20 national and professional teams participating in the PPC Cycling Tour and 139 international athletes will be presented.

The presentation of the teams will be broadcast live by Creta TV ahead of the start at noon on Wednesday at the Lido National Sports Centre, in front of the PanCretian Statium, of the first stage of the race to Chania.

The event will also be livestreamed by the race website www.hellas-tour.gr and the Athens-Macedonian News Agency

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