Twitter Diplomacy: Greek and Turkish Foreign Ministers share ‘friendly advice’


The Greek and Turkish Foreign Ministers exchanged tweets over the weekend about the future of their countries’ bilateral relations in an unusual case of diplomacy through social media.

Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, shared on his Twitter account on Saturday his interview with the local Parapolitika daily claiming that recent EU Council decisions against Turkey were not “enough” and that the US imposed sanctions on Turkey for “threatening the NATO alliance.”

In response, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, provided some unsolicited advice to his Greek counterpart on his own Twitter account.

“Dear Niko, here’s some friendly advice for the new year,” Cavusoglu said. “Stop asking for help from others and injuring the Greek people’s dignity. May 2021 be the year when we settle our differences equitably by talking directly, sincerely, and earnestly.”

Dendias “hit back” by thanking his counterpart for the wishes and calling on Turkey to adhere to “three A’s,” as he said. Abandon threats against Greece, Aspire to become more European and Abstain from provocations.

“After all,” the Greek FM added, “we live in the 21st century.”




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