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Turkey, Greece escalate war of words as they drag in EU, NATO 

The Turkish and Greek foreign ministers write dueling letters to key international actors as leaders exchange barbs after Erdogan’s one-liner that Turkey “can come suddenly one night.” 
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) meets with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (R) in Athens on May 31, 2021.

IZMIR, Turkey — The volatile waters of the Aegean Sea heated up again as Athens and Ankara sent dueling letters to the United Nations, the European Union and NATO, accusing each other of aggression, military threats and blatant violation of international law. 

The most recent spat in the long chain of clashes was when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Athens of violating Turkish airspace and undermining international agreements by unlawfully militarizing the Greek islands close to the Turkish coastline.  

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