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Soon State Department's approval for F-35 - EEZ and the continental shelf is the nucleus of our dispute with Turkey - Mitsotakis said

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis referred to the visit of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Greece and the meeting they had, in an interview with ERT.

Mitsotakis stressed that the government has done systematic work and has strengthened the country's geopolitical footprint, while stressing that the country's relationship with the US has a positive footprint on many different levels.

Regarding the F-35, he stressed that "Greece has submitted a documented request" for its acquisition and expressed his assessment that "it is absolutely mature and will soon be approved by the US authorities so that we can move forward."

With regard to Greek-Turkish relations, Mitsotakis stressed that "the core of our dispute is none other than the delimitation of the EEZ and the continental shelf. We are approaching the discussions with Turkey with a good mood and with the 'red lines' we have set clear. The good climate has given a positive impression".

What he said about Erdogan's visit

"We are not close to going to The Hague, but we are not as far away as we were a year ago. We have managed to sign an agreement on visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the Greek islands... We are cooperating better on the refugee - migration issue. What is said and what is not said by the Turkish side helps us to look to the future with optimism," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, referring to Greek-Turkish relations and the visit of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"We must learn to live with Turkey and with our differences. We should have a good relationship, without pushing the limits and without Turkey adopting aggressive rhetoric. Having held three meetings with Erdogan, I am very optimistic that the water has been put in the groove..." the prime minister noted.

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