Turkey’s EU Minister Says Greek Defense Chief Kammenos Not Funny

In this handout photo provided by the Greek Ministry of Defense, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left speaks with Greek soldiers as he attends a reservist exercise on the eastern island of Ikaria, Greece, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Kammenos has described Turkey as an "enemy that continues to provoke us" and announced that he has ordered additional military personnel to move to islands in the eastern Aegean Sea. (Greek Defense Ministry via AP)

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos’ constant digs at Turkey aren’t going over well in that Turkey, with Minister for EU Affairs Omer Celik describing him as an “impertinent political comedian” worsening relations between the countries.

Kammenos is leader of the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) who are junior partners in the coalition led by anti-nationalist Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who, as did Kammenos, called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a sultan and blamed him increasing tensions and provocations in the Aegean.

With the EU supporting Greek demands for the return of two soldiers who accidentally crossed into the border with Turkey – while simultaneously praising Erdogan over a suspended refugee and swap deal – Celik called on the bloc to denounce Kammenos’ statements daring Turkey to try to take an inch of Greek land and provoking Erdogan, who doesn’t like it.

Celik said Europe cannot ignore Kammenos’ statements about a proposed military buildup near the borders with Turkey and criticized the Greek government for putting up with him, which Tsipras must, needing ANEL’s nine vote to have a scant three-vote majority in Parliament.

“The EU cannot ignore Greek Defense Minister while reminding the whole world of political principles. It should condemn this person. It should warn the Greek government. Principles are for everyone,” Celik tweeted, the modern social media method to avoid facing reporters or issuing press releases.
“This ‘political comedian’ who bears the title of Defense Minister of Greece is constantly making provocations. By remaining silent, Greek government approves this provocateur who talks about enhancing military build-up against Turkey,” he said.

That came after Kammenos ordered an additional 7000 soldiers to take part in exercises in the Aegean before Tsipras reined him in and countermanded that, which Celik saying Turkey is closely following what the Greek leader says and does.

“We remind him that lack of principles and provocations come from his own minister. The level of the statements of the impertinent political comedian who bears the title of Defense Minister of Greece is a matter of Greek government. They are statements that have to be condemned by the EU. Otherwise, EU solidarity will not be based on principles. It becomes a cold war kind of hollow solidarity,” he added.

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  1. Mr. Celtic kammenos don’t provoke turkey he just respond to your provocations , as you see the game is over Greece wants peace too many war , your people dint see nothin in WW2 or the communist war , we suffer lot we lost 300000 by the Germans and thousands more with the communists. It if you want a war we start one we will Finnish this time . It as Cyprus walk in the park . Your great pilots no jets to chase them no missiles this tome will be very hard . for your navy too . will take turkey years of savings to replace your list equipments. So cool down you are not a superpower . You never fought an organize army yet . don’t try the pain will be great so stay on your side . Calm no claims on Greek land . And the funny thing was when Edrogan claim Greece don’t respect the Turkish minority in west Trace . What a joke . You force the 200000 Greeks in 1956 to Leave Istanbul . And you talk about respect ? Something wrong with the Turkish logic , too unstable .? Or I can say makes no sence in the civilize world . You left Mongolia long time ago people get with turkey program . Be nice , fair , follow don’t threat nation and expect to be nice to you as kammenos. Or tsipras or pavlopoulos or Kotzias .

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