Cheers for Recep Tayyip Erdogan who receives one remark after another.
Turkey may think that it goes unpunished and that statements like Kalin’s can go unanswered to serve its communication game, but things are completely different for Turkey.
This was also noticed during Stoltenberg’s visit to Ankara, where he had a series of meetings with Erdogan as well as leading officials of the Turkish government.
The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg was in Turkey with a double mission as on the one hand he wanted to “soften” Erdogan regarding the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO and also to send a clear message to the Turkish president.
This of course concerns Turkey’s stance on Greek-Turkish issues, asking him in a strong tone to immediately tone down and improve his relations with Athens.
The conversation that Stoltenberg had with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the neighboring country, Hulusi Akar, was on the same wavelength.
Akar is one of the sharpest people in the Erdogan government and the NATO Secretary General knows that he is a key link in relations with Greece.
Of course, the new provocative statements of Ibrahim Kalin, who neither more nor less, declared that “Greece cannot threaten us. It has no such power. We have no such intention either. Like a war breaking out with Greece, a conflict. Greece on the islands clearly violates international law.”
These new unimaginable statements, understandably, brought the intense Greek reaction, with Nikos Dendias calling on Turkey to respect, in the same way as Greece, the International Law of the Sea.