Turkey are “aggressive neighbours”, says Greek PM

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called Turkey an “aggressive neighbour” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Greek newspaper Kathimerini reports.

Tsipras is the second European Union leader to level harsh criticism at Turkey since it launched a military operation against Kurdish forces in the northwest Syrian region of Afrin. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev called for EU intervention against Turkey to stop the attack, which he said could lead to “serious difficulties”.

Tensions have been higher than usual between Turkey and Greece since Turkish opposition leaders vowed to retake islands in the Aegean Sea they described as “occupied” by Greece. Altercations between the country’s air forces over the Aegean have also been reported in January 2018.

Turkey would not accept these comments from the Greek leader, said Hami Aksoy, spokesperson for the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

"We think that Mr. Tsipras should rather look at his own cabinet for the tangible example of 'aggression'. Everybody is aware that some of his colleagues fit this definition perfectly," said Aksoy.