Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Saturday afternoon, refuting baseless claims of the head of media and communications of the presidency of Turkey Fahrettin Altun.
On Friday night, Altun posted a provocative statement in English on his personal Twitter account.
”Greece harbors terrorist organizations, including PKK. From a supposed refugee camp inside the EU, the terrorists plot attacks (incl. suicide bombings) against Türkiye, a NATO ally – just as actual refugees are left for dead in the Aegean. It’s time to end Greece’s impunity!” the personal message of the Turkish official reads.
”We categorically reject any attempt to tarnish the image of Greece through the projection of unacceptable myths,” the statement of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted.
”The choice of time of the occurrence of such non-existent and blatant claims raises a question,” the ministry concluded.
Greece harbors terrorist organizations, including PKK.
From a supposed refugee camp inside the EU, the terrorists plot attacks (incl. suicide bombings) against Türkiye, a NATO ally – just as actual refugees are left for dead in the Aegean.
It’s time to end Greece’s impunity! pic.twitter.com/gKLs9QVtqG
— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) April 9, 2021
The tweet of Altun included a video that contained libels against Greece, spreading lies against the country’s stance against terrorism.
More specifically, it claimed that the Kurdish PKK armed guerrilla movement had been assisted by Greece in the past in a Greek attempt to interfere in Turkey’s domestic issues with its Kurdish population.
Greece – Turkey relations remain tense
Earlier this week, Greece’s Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited Libya, which has been at the heart of the latest Greek-Turkish tensions.
Mitsotakis said in a joint press briefing with Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh in Tripoli that for Greece “it is very important, the annulment of illegal documents.
“They were presented as supposedly transnational agreements but have no legal effect, as expressly stated by the European Council.”
Athens is fiercely opposed to the deal between Ankara and Tripoli, which claims much of the Mediterranean for energy exploration and as an Exclusive Economic Zone, conflicting with international law and the claims by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt.
The 2019 maritime agreement was also condemned by the United States.