A Greek government spokesman denounced a report by a Turkish Islamist magazine that linked the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to an outlawed religious movement, Kathimerini said.
In a report published last week, Gerçek Hayat magazine said members of minority communities and Greek Orthodox and Jewish religious leaders were supporters of the Gülen movement, widely blamed for carrying out the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in which some 248 people were killed.
“One cannot use figures such as the Patriarch for their own ends,” Kathimerini quoted Stelios Petsas as saying.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate said in a statement on May 9 that the magazine was targeting members of the community and religious leaders with untrue allegations and expressed strong concern about the high risk of racist attacks and desecration.
The Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement, a former AKP ally, of masterminding the coup attempt, which killed 248 people and injured over 1,000, as part of a long-running scheme to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Over 100,000 alleged Gülen devotees were imprisoned or dismissed from their jobs under a two-year state of emergency declared shortly after the failed putsch.