Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out against the Greek prime minister, saying Kyriakos Mitsotakis “no longer exists for me” as he prefers to deal with honorable politicians “who keep their promises.”
“There’s no longer anyone called Mitsotakis in my book,” Erdogan said in a televised address on Monday, as cited by AP. “This year we were supposed to have a strategic council meeting… I will never accept having such a meeting with him because we walk on the same path as politicians who keep their promises, who have character and who are honorable.”
Erdogan accused Mitsotakis of sabotaging efforts to resolve long-running territorial and disputes through bilateral talks, and breaking a promise to not involve third countries. Erdogan said that the Greek premier essentially told the US government “don’t you dare give Turkey the F-16s,” when he lobbied against its regional rival’s attempts to upgrade its air force on a visit to Washington last week.