Turkey Kicks Back over PM’s ‘Aggressive’ Remark

Turkey on Thursday kicked back at remarks by Greek premier Alexis Tsipras that its behaviour was “aggressive” and “unpredictable”.

In a statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said it was not possible for Ankara “to accept the statement of the Greek Prime Minister Mr. Tsipras against Turkey in Davos yesterday”.

“We think that Mr. Tsipras should rather look at his own cabinet for the tangible example of ‘aggression’.

“Everybody is aware that some of his colleagues fit this definition perfectly,” Aksoy added.

It was not immediately clear which of Tsipras’ cabinet colleagues the Turkish spokesman was referring to.

Tsipras made his remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland during a Wednesday panel discussion on stability in the Mediterranean.

He pointed to repeated tensions in the Aegean with Turkish military forces as well as strains over a 2016 migration deal with Ankara.

In comments reported by the Reuters news agency, Tsipras suggested other European partners did not understand the realities of sharing a border with Turkey:

“For somebody (sic), it is very easy to be also aggressive if they are living in Luxembourg or Netherlands, because their neighbors are Belgium and Luxembourg, and not Turkey. But it’s not so easy for us.”


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