Demonstrators holding letters to form a banner take part in a protest against the European Central Bank, in Trafalgar Square, London, over Greece's debt repayments, Monday June 29, 2015. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA via AP)

Greece's imminent economic collapse has polarized political opinion in Europe and elsewhere. Some have little sympathy for the indebted nation's unwillingness to play by the rules of the euro zone; others have expressed solidarity with an embattled government that's placing the struggles of its people over the mandates of technocrats in Brussels.

The chaos and wrangling has placed the small Mediterranean nation on the center stage of global politics, and sent jitters through world markets.

On Tuesday, support for Greece and its leftist government led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras came from a rather unlikely place. Across the Aegean Sea in Turkey, one member of parliament urged his government to help bailout their neighbors.

"It is the biggest help that Turkey can do for its neighbor when times are tough," said Ertugrul Kurkcu, of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party, known by its Turkish abbreviation HDP.

Kurkcu, who hails from the western Turkish port city of Izmir, urged Ankara to extend a 1.6 billion-euro "zero interest loan" to Greece to help repay its debts to international creditors, according to the Daily Sabah.

"Turkey's humanitarian help in 2013 was $1.9 billion. Turkey's resources are sufficient enough to make this aid to Greece," Kurkcu said.

Kurkcu's party, a motley coalition of leftists and feminists that has found common cause with the country's once oppressed Kurdish nationalist movement, is still flush with its dramatic electoral success earlier this month. It won an unprecedented 80 seats in Ankara's Grand National Assembly, much to the dismay of the ruling party of the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which lost its parliamentary majority.

In the months prior to the election, the HDP celebrated the January victory of Syriza, the leftist Greek coalition led by Tsipras, and the two parties have since shared a very public affection over social media.

It's an alliance that likely won't reshape matters of regional policy. It also flies in the face of recent history.

Through an armed insurrection, Greece won its independence from the Ottomans -- from Istanbul rule -- in 1821. A century later, amid the bloody struggles that followed the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the birth of the modern Turkish republic, hundreds of thousands of people on both sides of new national borders would be forced to quit their homes and relocate. The Mediterranean island of Cyprus also has been a source of territorial dispute between Greece and Turkey since the 1960s, with a Turkish-Cypriot republic in the northern part of the island recognized only by Turkey.

In the decades since, relations have been tetchy. Far-right nationalist groups in both Turkey and Greece direct invective and hate at the other. HDP and Syriza's joint surge into the political mainstream -- at a time of widespread uncertainty -- presents something of a riposte to the divisions of the past.

Turkish aid to Greece, argued Kurkcu, "will earn the friendship of Greek people" and "turn the Aegean Sea into a sea of peace." Too bad it's not going to happen.