Insult to Edogan by the Greek newspaper fueled the gas dispute

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Insult to Edogan by the Greek newspaper fueled the gas dispute




A Greek newspaper poured fuel on the fire in the bitter gas dispute between Athens and Ankara. "Democracy" published a photo of the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the caption "Fuck off, Mr. Erdogan".


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A Greek newspaper poured fuel on the fire in the bitter gas dispute between Athens and Ankara. “Democracy” published a photo of the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the caption “Fuck off, Mr. Erdogan”.


A Greek newspaper poured fuel on the fire in the bitter gas dispute between Athens and Ankara. The paper “Demokratia” published a photo of the Turkish head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the heading “Fuck off, Mr. Erdogan”. In order for the message to arrive, it was also included in English translation. The Turkish presidential office complained in a letter to the Greek government about how government spokesman Stelios Petsas made public on Saturday.

“I strongly condemn the publication of insults against our President (…) on the front page of a right-wing extremist newspaper,” wrote the head of communications at the Turkish Presidential Office, Fahrettin Altun. The government must hold those responsible for this “shameless” publication to account.

Insulting a foreign head of state is “nothing but a sign of helplessness and a lack of common sense and does not fall within the spectrum of freedom of the press or freedom of expression,” said Altun. The Greek Foreign Ministry on Friday distanced itself from the abuse, which was also spread on the newspaper’s website, and rejected Turkish criticism of the government in Athens.

Freedom of expression enjoys full protection in Greece, said the Foreign Ministry in Athens. However, the use of offensive language contradicts “the political culture of our country and can only be condemned”. The Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted on Friday to the insulting Erdogan by summoning the Greek ambassador in Ankara.

Since the discovery of rich gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean, there has been heated debate over their exploitation. Both the EU members Greece and Cyprus as well as Turkey lay claim to the relevant sea areas and underpin this by sending warships.

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