Turkish Foreign Ministry hits back at Greece over Tsipras’ ‘aggressive neighbor’ accusation
Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has blasted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ description of Turkey as an “aggressive neighbor.
Speaking at Davos on Jan. 25, Tsipras said his European partners could not always appreciate the challenges of living with an “aggressive neighbor” such as Turkey.
In response, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy stated that “it is not possible for us to accept the statement of the Greek Prime Minister Mr. Tsipras against Turkey in Davos.”
“We think Mr. Tsipras should rather look at his own cabinet for a tangible example of ‘aggression.’ Everybody is aware that some of his colleagues fit this definition perfectly,” Aksoy added.
Tsipras had been speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos in a discussion about stabilizing the Mediterranean and addressing the migration crisis.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants crossed from Turkey into Greece and further into the European Union at the height of the migration crisis in 2015. It coincided with Greece negotiating its third financial bailout from international creditors to stave off bankruptcy.