Greece to raise Turkish tensions with EU - report

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will raise the subject of Turkey’s ongoing detention of two Greek soldiers at a European Union leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, Ekathimerini reported.

Tsipras will also complain about a spike in Turkish aggression in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, the newspaper said.

The Greek prime minister is expected to ask EU politicians to exert pressure on Turkish authorities to secure the speedy release of the two soldiers, who have been in Turkish custody since accidentally crossing the border in bad weather on March 1, Ekathimerini said.

Tsipras will also highlight a recent increase in hostile rhetoric by Turkish politicians over sovereign Greek islands.

On Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu repeated Ankara’s assertion that the status of certain “islands and islets” remains “undetermined.”

Tsipras is expected to coordinate with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who will broach the issue of Turkey violating Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone and challenging its right to drill for hydrocarbons off the island’s coast, the newspaper said.