Asked if there was a heated exchange with the Greek premier at a dinner for leaders attending the European Political Community in Prague, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Kyriakos Mitsotakis lacks knowledge of protocol rules, according to Anadolu Agency.

“Do you think the President of the Republic of Türkiye would degrade himself to such a level?” Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayer in Istanbul.

“He (Mitsotakis) is a man who does not know the rules of the protocol. Although he was not supposed to deliver a speech in the program, I do not know from whom he received permission, he tried to respond to me,” Erdogan added.

On the latest phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Erdogan said: “He thanked for our mediation in particular and said, ‘I congratulate (Türkiye) on this successful mediation’.”

Asked about the F-16 deal with the US, Türkiye’s president affirmed that “if the US does not meet our needs regarding the F-16, there are plenty of other countries in the world that will give us what we need.”