Istanbul, Turkey – The incorrigible spoiled child of Southeast Europe, Greece, is going to extreme arming against Turkey with the open support of the USA and the EU. Accelerating its armament project with Rafale and F-35 aircraft, Greece aims to surround and attack Turkey by giving military bases to the USA.

Erdoğan says he is cutting all ties with Greek PM, dashing hopes of talks. Turkish president Erdogan, said to be irked by growing US-Greece relations, calls off meetings aimed at easing tensions.

‘From now on there is no one called Mitsotakis in my book,’ said Erdoğan in Ankara on Monday.

A pledge by Turkey’s president to cut all ties with the Greek prime minister – and a suggestion that Kyriakos Mitsotakis was dishonourable and lacking character – has raised fears of renewed tensions between the two Nato members.

Calling off talks between the countries, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named Mitsotakis of deliberately antagonizing Turkey when he addressed the US Congress during a visit last week to Washington.

“This year we were supposed to have a strategic council meeting,” Erdogan said in a televized address on Monday. “From now on there is no one called Mitsotakis in my book. I will never accept meeting him because we [only] walk on the same path as politicians who keep their promises, who have character and who are honourable.”

The decision to freeze Greek-Turkish contact ends what many had hoped would be a period of détente between the perennial rivals after Mitsotakis held talks with Erdogan in Istanbul in March 2022.

The seemingly constructive meeting, conducted over lunch, resulted in the two men underlining the need for “increased cooperation” to improve strained bilateral ties in view of the war in Ukraine.

But the Turkish president Erdogan said Mitsotakis had failed to keep his side of the deal.

“We had agreed not to include third countries in our disputes,” he said. “Despite this, last week, he had a visit to the US and talked at the Congress and warned them not to give F-16s [fighter planes] to us.”

Making the historic 17 May address, the Greek leader stopped short of mentioning Turkey by name but warned Washington of the perils involved in fomenting instability in the region if arms purchasing agreements were adopted. His centre-right administration has announced a sevenfold increase in defense spending compared with last year against a backdrop of increased air superiority by Turkish jets.

“The last thing that Nato needs at a time when our focus is on helping Ukraine defeat Russia’s aggression is another source of instability on Nato’s south-east flank,” Mitsotakis told Congress. “And I ask you to take this into account when you make defense procurement decisions concerning the eastern Mediterranean.”

On Tuesday the Greek foreign minister, Nikos Dendias, said Athens would resist “falling into the trap” of escalating tensions needlessly. “There is no need to answer in the same way,” he said, expressing disbelief at the Turkish leader’s reaction to a speech that had, he claimed, not deviated from any of the positions Greece has long held.

The two countries have been at loggerheads for decades over maritime and energy issues, air and sea rights in the sea of islands, the divided island of Cyprus and, more recently, migration.

Friction over rival claims to offshore gas reserves in the sea of islands, and eastern Mediterranean brought them to the brink of war in 2020.

But a strategic shift in US regional ties has also played a role in creating disquiet among Turkey’s military and political establishment.

US’ growing desire to see Greece as a “reliable” partner – expanding its military presence in the country and signing a mutual defense accord unprecedented in scope with Greece – has irked Turkey, analysts say, noting Erdogan’s predictability.

On Monday, the Turkish president Erdogan raised the issue, saying: “At this moment there are 10 bases in Greece. What is the reason? Who are they threatening? For what reason are these bases being built in Greece?”