Nobody can bully Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday referring to Turkey’s accusations.
Speaking at a dinner in his honor by organizations of diaspora Greeks in New York, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting, he will reply to Turkey’s President Erdogan when he speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.
“Greece always acts on the basis of International Law,” Mitsotakis emphasized, adding that Greece will do its best to strengthen its alliances, particularly with the United States, with which it enjoys excellent relations.
Mitsotakis slams Turkey for using “extreme aggressive rhetoric”
On Tuesday Greece’s PM accused Turkey of “extreme aggressive rhetoric” and “unacceptable claims that challenge Greek sovereignty” in a meeting with Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid in New York.
Mitsotakis told Lapid that Ankara’s actions “undermine stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
Mitsotakis has been in New York City since Monday and has been meeting several officials on the sidelines of the General Assembly meetings.
Mitsotakis speaks with US President Biden
Before the dinner in his honor by the Greek organizations abroad, the PM met with representatives of Jewish organizations (including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), King Abdullah II of Jordan, and President of Senegal Macky Sall.
Later, Mitsotakis, accompanied by his wife, Mareva Grabovski-Mitsotakis, attended a reception hosted by US President Joe Biden in honor of the leaders participating in the High Level Week of the 77th UN General Assembly.
According to sources, Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a cordial conversation with the US President, who recalled details of the Prime Minister’s recent visit to the White House.
The Prime Minister also had a conversation with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. The discussion focused on the energy crisis, as the two leaders share the same concerns. They also referred to EU Council President’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia on September 13th.
Greece condemns the “crescendo of vulgarity” by Turkey
Greece hit back at Turkey over what the government spokesperson termed a “crescendo of vulgarity” by Erdogan at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
The statements made by Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the United Nations were “an unprecedented attempt to spread fake news, a complete distortion of reality and crude propaganda from the UN General Assembly with completely groundless claims,” government spokesperson Yiannis Economou said on Wednesday.
Erdogan, in one of his most horrific verbal attacks yet accused Greece of crimes against humanity during his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York.