Tsipras calls Erdogan’s questioning of Treaty of Lausanne ‘dangerous’


Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has described Thursday's comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the Lausanne Treaty signed between the two countries in 1923 as “dangerous.”

“Questioning the Lausanne Treaty, that clearly and definitively settled Greek Turkish relations, as well as the status of the Aegean and its islands, is dangerous for relations between the two countries and the wider region,” Tsipras said. 

Tsipras said Greece, which he described as "a pillar of peace and stability in a volatile region," would not respond in a similar manner.

During a speech in Ankara on Thursday, Erdogan said: “We gave away islands to Greece that we could reach with a shout in Lausanne. Is this victory? They tried to trick us into believing that Lausanne was a victory.

“Those who sat at that table did not do right by that treaty. Now, we suffer its setbacks.”