First, the foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey still describe themselves as friends – after that, the press conference escalates. There is talk of “fake news” and “unacceptable allegations”.
Istanbul (AP) – A Greek Foreign Minister’s first visit to Turkey in two years ended in scandal.
At a joint press conference, Nikos Dendias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Cavusoglu accused each other of misconduct in major conflicts such as the gas dispute and migration policy.
Relations between the two countries have been under pressure for years. The Athens government accuses the neighbor of illegally investigating natural gas in the waters of Greece’s exclusive economic zone. Ankara states that the areas examined belong to the Turkish continental shelf and that Turkey has the right to exploit natural resources.
The conflict brought the two countries to the brink of military confrontation last year, but had recently receded.
While both politicians praised the positive and constructive atmosphere at the start of the conference, the conversation quickly escalated after Dendias warned Turkey not to spread “fake news”. Cavusoglu, who initially referred to Dendias as his old friend, responded, saying he wanted the conversation to take place in a friendly atmosphere. “But in his speech, Niko Dendias unfortunately made extremely unacceptable accusations against my country.”
He accused Greece of “throwing people into the sea”. They didn’t want to discuss that in front of the press, “but you stand here and accuse Turkey in front of the press, of course, for conveying a message to your country. I cannot accept that, ”said the Turkish Foreign Minister.
Ankara has repeatedly accused Greece of illegally forcing migrants in the Aegean Sea back to Turkish waters to prevent them from entering Greece. Athens repeatedly acknowledged such allegations as “fake news”.
Try it for 30 days for € 20.99
Access to all content on freiepresse.de and e-paper. (ends automatically)
Now € 0 instead of € 20.99