Erdogan and Mitsotakis’ provocations

"Why did Mitsotakis invite Haftar to Greece? Did he just want to provoke us?" an annoyed Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on his return from the Berlin conference on the Libya crisis regarding the meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar in Athens on Friday.

The Turkish president was allegedly told by a foreign leader participating in the summit that "Mitsotakis wants to bridge the gap between us." To which Erdogan replied: "He really wants that and he invites Haftar to Greece? This is nonsense. I answered that he should first correct this mistake and then it will be easy for us to meet."

Erdogan was basically saying that Mitsotakis was undermining Greek-Turkish relations by engaging in "provocations," which is how he describes a meeting of the Greek prime minister with the leader of one of two rival factions in a...

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