Spike in rhetoric from Turkey
There are growing concerns in Athens about a spike in extreme rhetoric by Turkey, which this week accused Greece of "inhumane practices" against Muslim minorities and of acts of barbarism during the 19th century.
Greece's Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandros Gennimatas struck a firm tone in a response Friday while also seeking to stop tensions from escalating. "Turkey's insistence on distorting history is unbecoming of a modern state," he said. Calling on Turkey to "reflect on its historical responsibilities, especially regarding its conduct toward the Greek minority," Gennimatas said the country should "follow Greece's example and, at long last, work to consolidate good-neighborly relations in our region and, of course, its European prospects."
Gennimatas' statement was released by the ministry at around the same time that Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias was meeting his...