Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis discusses Greece’s role in the EU and NATO, Greek-Turkish relations, and Europe’s economic and physical security at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Mitsotakis pointed out that despite the economic recession that Europe is expected to experience, Greece will manage to avoid it and this will be possible thanks to the development of the country. At the same time, he stated that our country has become a particularly attractive destination for investments, such as, for example, the 2,000 million euro fund in Singapore, but the aggressive tax evasion strategy is also bearing fruit, thanks to the increase in of electronic transactions. Greece has performed better this year than many northern European countries, the prime minister said.
The only concern for the next two years, as Kyriakos Mitsotakis mentioned, is energy prices. “Russia is no longer a reliable supplier,” regardless of the outcome of the war in Ukraine, and “we need to get away from Russian gas as quickly as possible,” he adds.
The prime minister also said that the markets trust the government, thanks to its stability, while pointing out that he hopes to win the next elections and that in any case the country will be governed.
Mitsotakis: If Turkey continues down this path, it will isolate itself from both Europe and the US.
Referring to the Turkish provocation, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said: “What I can tell you is that I have always sought a constructive relationship with Turkey. Three years ago I told him to make a new start. Then he signed an EEZ with Libya that ignores the existence of Greek islands, a geographic rarity. Then we have the instrumentalization of immigrants, the questioning of our islands”.
For the Prime Minister to point out: “It is difficult for me to imagine how the relationship between the two countries will recover as long as Turkey behaves like this. But, if Turkey continues down this path, it will isolate itself from both Europe and the US. And if Turkey wants to “play” in another sphere of influence, so be it, but it is a member of NATO. And she is the only NATO country that does not impose sanctions on Russia.”
He reiterated, however, that “I am always open to solving problems through dialogue. Mr. Erdogan does not want to talk to me. But I’ve heard it before and we ended up talking. I will continue to insist that there is only one framework of rules for dispute resolution, international law and the international law of the sea. But it does not solve the differences with aggressive behaviors and the restoration of imperial fantasies, but also with incendiary rhetoric.
At the end of the debate, his interlocutor, Robert Rubin, former US Secretary of the Treasury, told Kyriakos Mitsotakis: “Mr. President, you were fantastic, why don’t you run for President of the United States?” “I’m fine where I’m at,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis replied with a smile.
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source: iefi merida