The first video conference of NATO member states ended with a scandal due to the premature disconnection of Turkey from online.
The meeting of the NATO foreign ministers took place on April 3 in a remote format due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, a dispute between Greece and Turkey broke out during the meeting.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu accused the EU of failing to fulfill the agreements on refugees, according to which Ankara agreed to accept 4 million migrants from Syria in exchange for a visa-free regime and € 6 billion.
He called on Europe to think about the long-term consequences of the migration issue and stated the need to soften the visa regime, update the customs union treaty and provide more assistance to Turkey in the fight against terrorism.
In addition, Cavusoglu accused Greece of not letting migrants into its territory and killing them.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendyas responded by accusing Turkey of propaganda for political purposes and spreading fairies.
“Greece faced an organized and unprecedented attack on its border and a disinformation campaign by Turkey. Methods used by Turkey have violated NATO values,” the Greek diplomat said.
Cavusoglu demanded a response, but NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg rejected the request. As a result, the Turkish minister left the video conference.