A highly unusual online exchange has taken place on Twitter between the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey before the former deleted his tweets – but only from the English version of his account.


Tsipras, Davutoglu


The official English-speaking account of Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras posted four tweets addressed to his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday, goading 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.



Davutoglu chose to respond to only the first tweet and not engage in a detailed dialogue.


“Comments on pilots by @atsipras seem hardly in tune with the spirit of the day. Alexis: let us focus on our positive agenda,” @Ahmet_Davutoglu responded.



The tweets quickly sparked a vigorous reaction on Twitter, with many condemning Tsipras engaging in dialogue in this manner, but a few defending him.


“Tsipras showing off his twitter ‘diplomacy’ skills,” said a user calling himself The Greek Analyst.



“Much as I’m increasingly critical of Tsipras lately, remarkable Twitter diplomacy,” countered another user.


Then, the @Tsipras_EU account deleted the four tweets, which have remained posted, however, in Tsipras’ Greek language account, @atsipras.


The deletion sparked further furious tweeting, with comments such as “who is handling your account?” being the most common.


A last Tsipras tweet obliquely referred to the deleted ones:


“We are in the same neighborhood and we have to talk honestly so we can reach solutions #EUTurkey.”


The Guardian




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