A highly unusual online exchange took place on Twitter between the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey late Sunday before the former deleted his tweets – but only from the English version of his account.
The official English-speaking account of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (ΓåòTsipras—eu) posted four tweets addressed to his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, needling him about Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and Turkey’s violations of Greek airspace.
“To Prime Minister Davutoglu: Fortunately our pilots are not mercurial as yours against the Russians .EuTurkey” Tsipras tweeted.
Both prime ministers attended an EU-Turkey summit on refugees in Brussels Sunday. Tsipras did not explain whether his tweets reproduced a conversation between the two or were written especially for Twitter.
“What is happening in the Aegean is outrageous and unbelievable .EUTurkey” Tsipras continued. “We’re spending billions on weapons. You—to violate our airspace, we—to intercept you .EUTurkey” Tsipras said in a third tweet, referring to intrusions of Turkish planes into Greek airspace, which Turkey contests, and Greek and Turkish pilots frequently buzzing each other.