German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a phone conversation with Greek prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday afternoon, a day before she launches her official visit to Turkey.
According to the prime minister’s office the two leaders talked about the Cyprus problem, the EU-Turkish relations, the Refugee crisis and the need for Ankara to respect international law and to terminate the challenges and provocations in the Aegean Sea.
It was the German Chancellor who had asked for this conversation and exchange of opinion before her Turkish visit.
After the Supreme Court rejected last week the extradition of the 8 Turkish soldiers who sought asylum in Greece following the failed coup of last July, Turkey escalated tension with Greece and openly threatened with intervention of its Armed Forces in the Aegean.
But also Germany did not go unharmed from the Turkish aggression. Deputy prime minister Veysi Kaynak accused both Germany and Greece of “hosting terrorists”.
Dozens of Turkish civil servants but also soldiers assigned to NATO have sought asylum in Germany after Erdogan’s mass persecution of alleged coup plotters..