FM Kotzias speaks on the phone with Russian, German and Turkish counterparts

25 November 2015
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Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had a series of phone talks on Tuesday night with his Russian, German and Turkish counterparts Sergey Lavrov, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Mevlut Çavuşoğlu respectively.

Kotzias’ talks with his Russian counterpart Lavrov focused on the issue of the downed Russian fighter jet. Kotzias expressed his strong concern regarding the incident and stressed the importance, at this time, of de-escalating the tension and confronting the situation with composure on all sides. The two ministers also discussed the general situation in Syria, and Kotzias told his Russian counterpart that Greece firmly supports the Vienna talks on the resolution of the Syrian issue.

He also talked with his Turkish counterpart Çavuşoğlu, whom he congratulated on being reappointed as Foreign Minister of Turkey. There was then a brief exchange of views regarding Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s recent visit to Turkey, and the two ministers agreed to meet, on 2 December, in Brussels, on the margins of the NATO ministerial meeting.

During his telephone conversation with the German Foreign Minister Steinmeier, there was an evaluation of the regional security situation following the downing of the Russian aircraft. The two ministers agreed that composure must prevail in order for the tension to de-escalate, expressed their joint support for the Vienna talks on the resolution of the Syrian crisis, and exchanged views regarding Kotzias’ upcoming visit to Iran.

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