Erdogan blames Greece over ship incident

In what was seen as an attempt to push the narrative of Athens fueling tensions, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed Greece for the attempted search by German marines of a Libya-bound Turkish ship for weapons earlier this week.

Erdogan stressed in a speech on Wednesday to his party's parliamentary group that "the captain of the ship that conducted the operation is a Greek."

He said the Turkish ship's crew was harassed but avoided referring to the German marines or the Italian commander of the European Union's Operation IRINI, whose mission is to enforce the United Nations Libya arms embargo.

"Despite the provocations of Greece and the Greek-Cypriot Administration [Cyprus] on the issue of the Eastern Mediterranean, we behaved with patience and composure. Unfortunately, despite our patient and calm demeanor, they recently attacked our merchant ship...

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