Kyriakos Beisotakis claimed that tensions between Ankara and Ankara have escalated due to Turkish elections
Anti-Greek statements by Turkish politicians, including President Recept Tayyip Erdogan are unacceptable, according to Kyriakos Mitchells, Prime Minister of Greece. He added however that he is open to meeting Erdogan as soon as possible.
“I didn’t blow up the bridges with Turkey. I am always open to meeting Erdogan,”A press conference was held by the Greek leader on Sunday.
He suggested that such meetings could be held in Prague during an informal EU summit, which would take place in October.
Mitsotakis downplayed current tensions among rival nations and linked it to the upcoming general elections in Turkey. These are scheduled for June 2019. According to the Greek official, Turkish politicians use nationalism in an attempt to win domestic votes.
Although calling anti-Greek statements “unacceptable,” he said he didn’t believe that the ongoing round of hostility would lead to an open war between Turkey and Greece, which are both members of NATO. Prime Minister said that the Greek military is ready to defend their country if necessary.
Mitsotakis commented on the occasion of opening the Thessaloniki International Fair.
Turkey and Greece are at odds over several historical and contemporary grievances. Erdogan has reaffirmed his accusations of Greece undermining Turkish security through the deployment of troops on Aegean sea islands that are supposed to have been demilitarized.
In a speech on September 3, the Turkish president described Athens’ control of the islands as an “occupation,”They seemed to be questioning their status and stated that Turkey would “do what is necessary”Where “the time comes.”
Erdogan warned Greece to “remember Izmir,”This refers to the century-old mass killings of Greeks, Armenians, and others in Izmir.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the founder father of modern Turkey and took the city. He pushed back the Greek-led, allied forces who were trying to occupy it. The city was then hit with massive fires four days later.
Ankara and its opponents dispute whether the burning of Izmir was a deliberate massacre by Turkish forces or an accidental, tragic episode of the aftermath of World War I and Turkey’s restoration after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
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