Greece dismisses Turkish minister’s claims as ‘sad and provocative lies’

Greek Citizens’ Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos on Monday denied fresh allegations by Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu that Greece is training members of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), calling them “sad and provocative lies.”

“Everyone understands that these [claims] are totally divorced from reality,” Theodorikakos said, emphasising that Greece is committed to the rules of international law.

“Everyone knows that Greeks are strongly united behind our respect for [national] borders, of our international obligations and of human life,” he said.

In a tweet Sunday, Soylu said that a suspected PKK member arrested in Turkey had been trained in Lavrio, in southeastern Attica, and was planning terrorist attacks on Turkish territory.

Greece has repeatedly rejected similar accusations from Turkey in the past.

(This article was originally published in that Kathimerini newspaper and is reproduced by permission.)

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