Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused Greece of “lying to avoid dialogue” and France of being “hysterical.
Cavusoglu said on Friday said that Greece ‘lies’ to avoid dialogue, after Athens denied that talks were being held at NATO-level with Ankara on de-escalation in the eastern Mediterranean.
“The one lying is not the NATO secretary general, but Greece,” he told a news conference in Ankara, as “this shows Greece’s true face (…), it is not in favor of a dialogue.”
According to the Turkish minister, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had contacted the two parties and had received the green light from them before announcing the talks, he said.
“He who believes is right does not avoid dialogue. Greece knows is in the wrong and “European countries know this too,” he said. “We are always ready for dialogue, but without pre-conditions.”
Cavusoglu also slammed France, which he accused of “encouraging” Greece and acting in a “hysterical” way.
“We advise France to abandon this pointless hysterical attitude. “We are part of NATO,” he said and that “France should come to discuss with us how we will work together. “Such an attitude would be to the benefit of all.”
After the confusion he created on Thursday, Jens Stoltenberg corrected his statement on Friday. He said technical talks (military-to-military) have started. Process is separate to German-led diplomatic effort.
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NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg says technical talks (military-to-military) have started. Process is separate to German-led diplomatic effort. pic.twitter.com/P4VBOtuxZ6
PS I suppose that’s all Ankara can do in terms of high diplomacy lol