Turkey's new attack on Greece and Egypt's decision to suspend bilateral talks

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attack

At the same time Turkish officials renewed their attacks against Athens, Ankara appears to have been silenced by Cairo's thunderous decision to stop all normalisation talks.

Lately, the Turkish leadership had invested a lot in re-approaching Egypt, which holds a key role in the energy sector of the Eastern Mediterranean. This is Ankara's attempt to end tensions with Cairo and thus only leave Greece to focus on.

Turkish media suggest that Athens again behind this decision and references the contacts between Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, as well as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"Greece complained about Turkey to the US," wrote the pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak.

"While the tension between Turkey and Greece has been going on for some time, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, where he protested the agreement signed between Turkey and Libya," the publication added.

For its part, the Ḥurriyet newspaper states that Greece's goal is to resume the negotiations with Libya - to define the Exclusive Economic Zone - which: "were interrupted 12 years ago due to the maximalist insistence of Athens, which argued that the islands had a complete continental shelf."

New attack against Greece

With the latest polls in Turkey showing that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is appealing to nationalist and Islamist voters with his extreme rhetoric against Greece and the West in general, Turkish officials are intensifying their attacks against Greece.

The spokesperson of the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ömer Çelik accused Greece of "crimes against humanity", repeating baseless claims - against Greece - for the ways it deals with illegal immigration.

Çelik's familiar provocations were also directed against FRONTEX, which he accused of committing crimes in the Aegean Sea, alongside the Greek Coast Guard.

"The crimes against humanity committed by Greece through pushbacks are endless. It appeared that the forces of the Hellenic Coast Guard endangered the lives of 46,000 people. All this is happening before the eyes of Europe," he said.

"The European border association participates in all these actions. The crimes committed by the Hellenic Coast Guard and Frontex were committed against humanity," added - among other things - the AKP spokesperson in his familiar style.

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