PM Mitsotakis to Handelsblatt: 'We are not the ones who nurture fantasies about empires of bygone times'

PM Mitsotakis to Handelsblatt: 'We are not the ones who nurture fantasies about empires of bygone times'

Turkey must realize that it cannot be threatening either Greece or Cyprus, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told German newspaper Handelsblatt on Wednesday.

"We are not the ones who nurture fantasies about empires of bygone times," noted the Greek premier in his interview, which paid particular emphasis on Greek-Turkish relations. Asked about Athens' current relations with Ankara, Mitsotakis said he does not seek confrontation with Turkey, and that he is "on speaking terms with President Erdogan." Greece has every interest in cooperating with Turkey, he added, and is unhappy with Turkey's current economic crisis, as "it could lead to regional instability."

Mitsotakis also observed that Greece does want Germany's support regarding its relations with Turkey, as both countries are part of the European family. Furthermore, Germany "is not a non-involved, neutral, third party," he pointed out, when it comes to Greek-Turkish relations.

The Greek prime minister also expressed his view that the provisions of the EU's Stability & Growth Pact (SGP) are outdated, and called for a new direction that would gradually reduce national debt even more. "We must maintain the necessary fiscal discipline required for a monetary union to function. At the same time, we have to accept that we are launching [our arguments] from different points and we have to gradually converge," Mitsotakis pointed out.

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