Turkey, Greece escalate war of words

(MENAFN) Tensions have escalated between Turkey and Athens, with Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag blasting what he called the "provocative and unfair" remarks of Greek officials regarding jailed Greek soldiers in Turkey.

"Some Greek ministers' unfair and provocative statements about Turkey are not for the benefit of Greece. Considering Turkey's position as a weakness is not the right manner for those who are wise and farsighted," Bozdag wrote on his official Twitter account on April 7.

He added that Turkey has "taken positive steps" to strengthen relations between Greece and Turkey but "some deficient Greek politicians" are trying to break the relationship between two countries.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on April 7 demanded the release of two soldiers jailed in Turkey, arguing that they should not be "pawns to blackmail."

"Human life and human freedom are not, and should not be, pawns to power games and blackmail," he said in a statement to the Documento newspaper.



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