Confrontational Erdoğan stuns Greek hosts on Athens visit

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Turkish leader jettisoned diplomatic niceties during meetings that were supposed to cement ties between the rivals

What had been billed a groundbreaking visit to Greece, the first by a Turkish president in 65 years, turned into a verbal theatre of war as Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, flouting the niceties of diplomacy, crossed an array of red lines.

Tsipras Erdogan 2b Louisa Gouliamaki AFP Getty ImagesDisputes that had lain dormant – not least the 1923 Treaty of Lausannedelineating the borders between the two nations – were prised open with brutal force on Thursday by Erdoğan on the first day of a historic visit dominated by the leader’s unpredictability.

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