The main opposition party leader noted that the EU "did not rise to the occasion as a strong geopolitical force to this great crisis."
Furthermore, Tsipras noted, the EU "must use all diplomatic means to ensure a ceasefire, and that Russia withdraws from the Ukrainian territory and returns to the path of diplomacy." Greece too, he added, must move in that direction.
Tsipras expressed his concern about whether developments in Ukraine find Greece prepared for turmoil in the economy and also in the availability and costs of energy. With price hikes in energy costs for consumers rising over recent months, Greece, he said, "is already paying 30% more for natural gas than Bulgaria, since before the latest developments in Ukraine."
The government must immediately, he pointed out, "restore the country's energy security, but also secure adequate natural gas supplies from other sources, in the framework of existing agreements