Athens took diplomatic steps towards Turkey by sending a protest note following an order from Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on the issue that has arisen in a part of southern Evros, where Turkish forces are said to be occupying sovereign Greek land – that was the message yesterday by Kathimerini.
Also yesterday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that the issue with Turkey is over just “a few metres” of land.
However, today Dendias has taken a completely different perspective with a contradictory message, saying that reports of Turkey occupying Greek land at Evros is “fake news.”
He took it one step further by saying the news about Turkey occupying land at Evros is the fake news of “extreme right-wing sites.” A bizarre claim considering that Greece’s biggest newspapers like Kathemerini and Ethnos, as well as British mainstream newspapers, have all reported the news.
The announcement that Turkey’s occupation of Greek land is “fake news” has caused Twitter to blow up against Dendias and the Foreign Ministry as people were first told that messages had been sent to Turkey about the occupation of Greek land, but now, it is “right-wing fake news.”
Twitter user Giorgos Sahinis said “In other words, the Foreign Minister denies Kathimerini after 3 days, but further clarifies in his radio interview that he was referring to a potential and not accomplished attitude of Turkey and otherwise it is sad for everyone else and not for the ‘own goal’?”
Δηλ ο ΥΠΕΞ διαψεύδει Καθημερινή μετά απο 3 ημέρες αλλα και διευκρινίζει περαιτέρω την ραδιοφωνική του συνέντευξη οτι αναφερόνταν σε δυνητική κι οχι τετελεσμένη στάση της Τουρκίας και κατα τα αλλα ειναι λυπηρό για ολους τους άλλους κι οχι για το «αυτογκόλ»;
— Giorgos sahinis (@GiorgosSahinis) May 23, 2020
Το διάβημα έγινε κατόπιν εντολής Δένδια ανέφερε η Καθημερινή.
Σήμερα λένε ότι είναι fake news.
— Dennis Kassavetis (@DeKassas) May 23, 2020
Makis said “Dear Minister, the citizen is not obliged to know who is spreading FAKE NEWS. We read it in the daily. You took a step. What should the citizens assume?”
Αγαπητέ υπουργέ μας, ο πολίτης δεν είναι υποχρεωμένος να γνωρίζει ποιοι διαδίδουν FAKE NEWS. Διαβάσαμε στην καθημερινή. Κάνατε διάβημα. Ο πολίτης τι πρέπει να υποθέσει;
— Makis #IstandWithGreece (@Makiskon1) May 23, 2020
Antonios Tzanakopoulos said “Mr. Minister, was Kathimerini’s post fair three days ago? Why did the move happen in the end? Why did ‘data’ make ‘measurements’? On what ground? Did they leave afterwards? Never?”
Merenta said “You made a mistake, Minister! Your statements are indulgently unacceptable! Admit it!”
Έκανες ατόπημα υπουργέ! Οι δηλώσεις σου επιεικώς απαράδεκτες! Παραδέξου το!
— Merenta (@Merenta2) May 23, 2020
Panos Roussos said “With all due respect, but you can’t just make a two-sentence announcement and baptise so many articles (including Kathimerini) as fake news. You must provide evidence and detailed explanations. It’s your job.”
Με όλο τον σεβασμό, αλλά δεν μπορείτε απλά να βγάλετε μια ανακοίνωση δύο προτάσεων και να βαπτίζετε τόσα δημοσιεύματα (συμπ. της Καθημερινής) fake news. Πρέπει να δώσετε αποδεικτικά στοιχεία και αναλυτικές εξηγήσεις. Είναι η δουλειά σας.
— Panos Roussos (@panos_strather) May 23, 2020
Elias Palaiologos said “I don’t know if Evros was violated. What I do know is that a favoured state has lost its compass in a storm of Turkish intentions on the one hand and fake news on the other. Therefore, if we did not lose ground, we lost credibility.”
Penny Smirlis said in response to Palaiologos “He cannot accuse citizens because they believed in fake news. He himself admitted and took a step! The same communication change was made with Oruc Reis. In both cases, the government tried to silence the truth.”
Δε μπορεί να κατηγορεί πολίτες επειδή πίστεψαν σε fake news. Ο ίδιος παραδέχτηκε και έκανε διάβημα! Το ίδιο επικοινωνιακό αλλαλούμ είχε γίνει και με το Oruc Reis. Και στις 2 περιπτώσεις η κυβέρνηση είχε επιχιερήσει να αποσιωπήσει την αλήθεια.
— Penny Smirlis (@PennySmirlis) May 23, 2020
And these are just a few of the many reactions to Dendias’ and the Foreign Ministry’s claim that it is “fake news.”
Dendias from his own account made two sentences saying “It is a shame that someone adopts fake news and claims that the territory of their country has been occupied by a foreign power. The ridiculousness goes hand in hand with irresponsibility.”
However, in no statement by Dendias, his website or the Foreign Ministry do they explain the contradictions about why a message was sent to Turkey when reports first emerged that Turkish soldiers entered territory at Evros, nor why the discussion is about “just a few meters,” and why now all of a sudden it is called “fake news.”
Social media users have made it very clear that they want clarification and answers for these contradictions.