Athens keeps low pro­file in face of Er­do­gan rhetoric

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Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s calls for a re­view, al­beit a par­tial one, of the Lau­sanne Treaty of 1923 which set the borders of Greece and Tur­key, his use of na­tion­al­is­tic rhetoric and Tur­key’s mil­i­tary buildup has raised con­cerns in Athens, but the gov­ern­ment is re­port­edly keen on keep­ing a low pro­file as it seeks to en­sure that the Euro­pean Union’s deal with Ankara to stem the flow of mi­grant re­mains in­tact and strives to make progress on the United na­tions-backed Cyprus talks which broke down last week.

Diplo­matic sources say that while Athens is not pan­ick­ing it re­mains vig­i­lant as Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras pre­pares to meet with Er­do­gan to dis­cuss Cyprus, ei­ther on De­cem­ber 4 in Dubai or at a later date at an­other venue. Athens’s low-key stance can also be ex­plained by Greece’s in­creas­ing dif­fi­culty in deal­ing with the refugee cri­sis, which could spi­ral out of con­trol if Er­do­gan goes through with his threat to scrap the deal with the EU.

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