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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis issued a harsh response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the unfounded statements he made against Greece during his speech at the UN General Assembly earlier this week.

In his speech from the podium of the UN General Assembly, Mitsotakis referred to Greece's security, stability and territorial integrity as Athens' red lines against Turkish aggression. He referred to Ankara's revisionist agenda and its destabilizing role in the region, and emphasized the inflammatory rhetoric coming from Ankara.

Mitsotakis also highlighted Turkey's baseless and unacceptable accusations against the Greek islands and doubts about their sovereignty, sea and air violations, as well as the systematic disinformation campaign against Greece. He also condemned Turkey's unilateral decision to suspend high-level contacts.

"The Turkish leadership seems to have a strange obsession with my country ... They threaten that Turkey will pounce overnight. This is the language of the aggressor," Mitsotakis said. "I would like to address ... directly to the Turkish people: Greece is not a threat to your country. We are not your enemies, we are neighbors," he said. "Let's move forward."

Mitsotakis reminded the international community not to ignore Turkey's illegal attempts to impose a new fait accompli on Cyprus, as well as its threats and repeated violations.

He insisted that "the international community should not ignore Turkey's illegal attempts to impose a new fait accompli on Cyprus, particularly in the fenced-off Varosha area, as well as new and repeated violations of Cyprus' maritime zone and airspace."

The Prime Minister also noted Greece's strong support for the continuation of the negotiating efforts to find a mutually acceptable settlement for Cyprus and the confidence-building measures proposed by Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

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