Erdoğan says Greece a pawn undermining Turkey’s interests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Greece was a pawn being used to undermine the country’s strategic interests.

"We know that those who sow unrest in the Aegean at every opportunity with their harassment and rudeness are only pawns," Erdoğan said at a military ceremony in Istanbul on Wednesday, in reference to Greece.

Erdoğan said Turkey was also well aware of the clamour being made in the eastern Mediterranean to undermine the country's interests.

He said Turkey’s treatment by the European Union was further proof of anti-Turkish sentiment.

“We know very well why the EU, which we are waiting to join, excludes us and includes countries that cannot be compared to us,” he said.

Earlier this week, Erdoğan said that Greek S-300 air defence missiles stationed on Crete had locked on to Turkish aircraft, in proof of Greek hostility towards Turkey. Ankara is lodging a complaint with NATO that would include radar records. Greek defence ministry sources denied the claims.

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