Tsipras calls for Greek unity against Turkey on independence war anniversary

Greek opposition party leader, Alexis Tsipras, said Greek people should unite against Turkey's actions against Greece's territorial integrity, the Kathimerini newspaper reported.

“Greek men and women will stand united in the defence of our national rights and international law,” Syriza party leader Tsipras said in a speech marking the anniversary of Greece’s 1821 uprising against Ottoman rule.

Tensions between Turkey and Greece have escalated over the last year as both sides have stepped up efforts for gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, which also revived disputes over maritime borders.

Bilateral relations between the countries further soured after Turkey struck a maritime deal with the internationally-recognised government in Libya in November that sees Turkey and Libya as maritime neighbours.

Greece says the maritime deal ignores the territorial waters around its islands, including Rhodes and Crete, and is meant to block a gas pipeline to Europe the country plans to build with Cyprus, Egypt and Israel.

“Turkey must realise that if there is no respect, there can be no dialogue,” said Tsipras, who served as prime minister from 2015 to 2019.