Erdoğan to complain to Merkel about giant Greek cross on border

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will complain to German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week about a giant Christian cross constructed at the Turkish-Greek border, Yeni Akit reported on Sunday.

The 15-metre-high cross was erected at the weekend to the prayers of Greek Orthodox priests, the Turkish newspaper said.

"Every time the Turks see this, they will remember us," Yeni Akit cited the priests as saying at the ceremony. Erdoğan is expected to raise the issue at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel early this week, Yeni Akit said.

The Greek City Times also reported that the cross was erected, but did not carry any comments from the holy men. The news website said the cross was located at the Holy Monastery of Agia Skepi and could be seen from Turkey’s city of Edirne and other areas near the Greek border.

The controversy over the giant cross comes as military and political tensions simmer between NATO allies Greece and Turkey over disputed territory in the eastern Mediterranean. Germany has sought to take a mediating role in the row.

Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported Erdoğan and Merkel will hold a video conference with European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday ahead of a Sept. 24-25 EU summit, in which member states plan to evaluate possible sanctions against Turkey.

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