Turkey's EU minister calls Greek Defence minister a ‘political comedian’

Turkish Minister for European Union (EU) Affairs said on Sunday on twitter that EU behaved on the basis of “neighbourhood solidarity” with Greece instead of political values and that a principled EU should have condemned the words and actions of the Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos.

“If the EU is to behave in a principled manner, it should immediately condemn the words and actions of the person who bears the title of Defence Minister of Greece,” Çelik said.

Çelik called the Greek Defence Minister a ‘political comedian’ and accused him of making constant provocations. Earlier this week, Kammenos told during a press conference that Turkey’s president Erdoğan had gone ‘completely crazy’ and called him a ‘madman’.

Çelik also said that the Greek government’s silence implied the approval of the Defence Minister’s actions.

“We follow Greek Prime Minister Tsipras’ statements on political and legal principles in various fields. We remind him that lack of principles and provocations come from his own minister,” Çelik added.

Following the visit by Kammenos to a military outpost in Oinousses earlier on Sunday for Easter, two Turkish fighter jets entered Athens’s flight information region reported Greek daily Kathimerini. 

Turkish overflight ignored an informal moratorium on military activity that is customary between Greece and Turkey during major religious holidays.