Turk­ish FM lashes out at ‘provoca­tive’ Kam­menos

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Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu has re­buffed Greek ac­cu­sa­tions that Ankara is es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions in the Aegean, and at­trib­uted the re­cent fric­tion to Athens, cit­ing “provoca­tive” com­ments by De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos, the leader of the ju­nior coali­tion party, the In­de­pen­dent Greeks (ANEL).

“That de­fense min­is­ter of that racist party is pro­vok­ing,” he told CNN Turk on Satur­day morn­ing, adding that if Turk­ish troops were not calm and col- lected in the face of so “many provo­ca­tions,” then an “ac­ci­dent” be­tween the two coun­tries over the Imia islets in the south­east­ern Aegean – whose Greek sovereignty Turkey dis­putes – would have al­ready oc­curred by now.

“We don’t want [an ac­ci­dent] and we have many times warned,” Cavu­soglu said, adding how­ever that de­spite the ten­sion, ex­ploratory con­tacts be­tween the two coun­tries are con­tin­u­ing.

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