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Battered Turkey Says Greece Getting “Bad Advice” from Allies

As tensions keep rising between the countries over Turkish provocations in the Aegean and East Mediterranean, the Turkish Embassy posted three tweets saying Greece shouldn't listen to its allies.

“It is not enough – and sometimes misleading – to refer to generalities in international law, especially if one embarks upon professing on matters involving others,” the embassy said in less-than-provocative language.

Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has been reaching out to the international community for support against Turkey, especially over a deal Turkey signed with Libya dividing the seas between them.

That led Turkey to say it would start energy research and drilling off Crete and claim waters around other Greek islands, including Rhodes, with the European Union doing nothing to stop it apart from press releases generally supporting Greece and stepping up criticism of Turkey, that was ignored.

Turkey has been urged to stop acts increasing the anxiety but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, apparently emboldened by the EU reluctant to get tough against him, said the drilling will begin off Crete as it as off Cyprus where Turkish ships are operating.

In another tweet, the Turkish Embassy in Athens said, that, “If third parties genuinely want to be helpful in the resolution of Turkish-Greek disputes, they should review not only a couple of their favorite articles in a particular document,” without explaining it.

It added: “But also the direction that international jurisprudence has taken, in the light of  the current legal architecture. As they say, there is nothing more hateful than bad advice …”

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