Greek PM backs Macron in row with Erdogan

Mitsotakis: "Personal insults against President Macron and hate speech targeting France by the Turkish leadership is unacceptable." [EPA-EFE/LUDOVIC MARIN]

Athens expressed its full support to French President Emmanuel Macron in his new clash with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“Personal insults against President Macron and hate speech targeting France by the Turkish leadership is unacceptable, fuels religious hatred and undermines peaceful coexistence. Full support and solidarity to Macron and the French people, still mourning a heinous crime,” Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted.

Critics suggest that the escalating crisis between Paris and Ankara proves Athens’s argument that the standoff in the eastern Mediterranean is not just a Greek-Turkish bilateral issue but concerns Europe as a whole.

France, Austria and Slovenia have been the only EU countries which backed Greece’s push for sanctions against Turkey but met the opposition of Germany, Italy and Spain, who are the main arms suppliers of Turkey. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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