Athens dismisses Erdogan’s 1922 Greek-Turkish war comments

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Greek government spokesman, Giannis Oikonomou, has dismissed recent comments made by Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, about the Greek-Turkish war (1919 – 1922).

Speaking on the occasion of the centenary of the war, Erdogan celebrated the “great attack” of the Turks against the Greeks, whom he presented as “pawns” in the service of “treacherous” foreign powers.

The Turkish President also referred to the Greeks as “despicable.”

In response, Oikonomou addressed local Greek media on Monday and said Erdogan “has chosen to distort history in order to serve his revisionist narrative.”

“Greece, on the contrary, in its long history, has been writing history,” Oikonomou added. “Greece, whenever necessary, knows perfectly well how to defend its rights, vigorously and effectively.”

Greek government spokesman, Giannis Oikonomou.

Erdogan’s comments come just one day after Turkey’s state-run news agency claimed on Sunday that Greek surface-to-air missiles locked on to Turkish F-16 fighter jets carrying out a reconnaissance mission in international airspace.

At the time, Greek defence ministry sources dismissed the allegations to local media and accused Turkey of broadcasting “fake news.”

READ MORE: Greece rejects Turkey’s claims Greek missiles locked on its fighter jets.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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