Ankara accuses Athens of distorting info after Greek PM says Turkey is undermining regional peace and stability.
Turkey has condemned remarks by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who accused Ankara of undermining peace and stability within the Jap Mediterranean area and taking part in a “destabilising position”.
Lengthy-existing tensions between the 2 nations have flared up not too long ago. Greece complained to NATO and the United Nations this month over what it referred to as “inflammatory” rhetoric.
“Sadly this assertion [by Mitsotakis] was one more instance of distortion of info and hostile narrative in opposition to Turkiye. Turkiye’s position in its area and past is nicely appreciated by the worldwide neighborhood,” the Turkish delegation on the United Nations Common Meeting stated on Friday, utilizing the nation’s official identify.
The 2 nations – North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) allies however historic foes – have been at odds for many years over a variety of points together with the place their continental cabinets begin and finish, vitality sources, overflights within the Aegean Sea, the standing of demilitarised islands and divided Cyprus.
Throughout his handle to the UNGA, Mitsotakis stated Turkey’s management “appears to have a wierd fixation with my nation”.
“They threaten that Turkey will come at evening if it so decides. That is the language of an aggressor. From the UN I wish to handle … the Turkish folks immediately: ‘Greece poses no menace to your nation. We’re not your enemies, we’re neighbours. Allow us to transfer ahead,” he stated.
The Turkish delegation to the UN stated Ankara doesn’t problem the territorial integrity or unity of Greece, calling it “a false propaganda”.
“Nonetheless, Turkiye does problem Greece to enter into an trustworthy and significant dialogue in accordance with worldwide legislation to handle not one however all legally interrelated Aegean disputes,” it stated.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Greece this week of “crimes in opposition to humanity”, referring to its remedy of refugees, and earlier this month of occupying islands within the Aegean Sea which have a demilitarised standing.