Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
It is customary for the leaders of Greece and Turkey to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly that takes place every September in New York. Even when Greece and Turkey ended up being represented at the foreign minister level, such contacts were carried out at the two countries' permanent missions at the UN, alternately.
Despite Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' call for Ankara to prove its willingness to improve bilateral ties, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared unfazed on Monday, saying that Turkey is ready to deal with any threats against it in the region.
Erdogan said that Ankara has a response to any threat from Syria to the Eastern Mediterranean and from Jerusalem to the Aegean.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued with his threats to "open the gates" to a new wave of refugees into Europe, warning on Sunday that some 5.5 million migrants would stream across the Turkish border unless Turkey is given international support and a safe zone is set up in northern Syria.