A Turkish diplomat has been arrested on an island in Greece on suspicion of espionage. According to Turkish media reports, Greece has detained Cebhattin Bairam, a diplomat working at the Turkish Consulate in the island of Rhodes. Ankara has strongly condemned the incident. Turkish media Hurriyet Daily News reported this.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement issued on Friday, condemned Greece’s move, saying the espionage allegations leveled by Greek officials against Turkish diplomat Saladin Bairam were unfounded.
Greece last week arrested two people on charges of taking pictures on a Greek Navy ship and providing information about their location on the island of Rhodes. He has been accused of spying for Turkey.
Tensions between the two neighbors have been high in recent times over the entry of thousands of Turkish migrants into Greece and the excavation of Turkish oil tankers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. In addition, Turkey and Greece are accusing each other of violating the air and maritime boundaries.
Earlier, Greek media criticized Turkey for sending spies to Greek refugee camps to detain opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.