More than two months after Angela Merkel intervened to stave off a military confrontation between Greece and Turkey, the German chancellor on Wednesday referred to lingering tensions between the two Aegean neighbours.

“Tensions with Greece and the Greek- Cypriot side are high, yet Turkey is a NATO partner. And it shows remarkable efforts in hosting refugees,” Merkel said, while criticising Greece over recent developments at Moria camp on the island of Lesvos.

“We should balance our relations carefully and focus on cooperation,” she said, describing relations with Turkey as “multidimensional.”


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