Crucial to Finalise the Prespes Agreement, US Senator Johnson Tells ANA (Video)

THESSALONIKI – It is vitally important to take the Prespes Agreement signed by Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to its full conclusion “so that you can move on”, US Senator for Wisconsin Ron Johnson said in exclusive statements to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Sunday, the day before his visit to Skopje.

The Senator was in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki over the weekend to attend the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF).

The head of a U.S Senate sub-committee on regional security in Europe, Senator Johnson was in Skopje on Monday for talks with FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and again urged voters to support the deal to change the country’s name in the upcoming referendum on September 30, noting that this would allow the country to join NATO.

As he said to the ANA at TIF, encouraging voters to participate in the referendum was the purpose of his visit to Skopje.

“I think [the Agreement] will absolutely help in the stability [of the region]. I realise it is a sensitive issue. People are proud of their heritage, of that name, on both sides. I think it’s a very reasonable agreement. I think it has taken real political courage of the leaders on both sides,” he said.

In comments about Turkey, the senator noted that all sides “need to find a better relationship with Turkey” and noted that, while there were “real issues” on this score, building a relationship meant finding those areas where there was agreement and where cooperation was possible.

“Turkey is a valued NATO partner, also crucial just in terms of its position in a very troubled area of the world. So we just keep working hard, to redouble or triple our efforts and try and improve relations between our countries,” Johnson said.

Referring to his meetings at the 83rd TIF, the senator said the atmosphere had been very encouraging and the conditions “ripe” for investments.

“We sat down with the prime minister and business people at the business round table and the conditions were just ripe for investments. The prime minister understands that the number one component of a solution is economic growth, that is going to require investment in business and he realises that he as to make Greece an attractive place for that kind of business investment,” Johnson told ANA.

He underlined the importance of Greek-U.S. relations: “In a very unsettled world, in a region that is becoming more and more troubled, we surely recognise how crucial Greece is from the standpoint of a strong ally, a long-time friend, the birthplace of democracy; we learn from Greece.”

“Our military relationship is strengthening, which will also have spillover effects on the economy as well… I really encourage people to look toward Greece. There are so many investment dollars around the world looking for a good ‘home’ – Greece would be a good ‘home’ for investment dollars,” he added.

According to Johnson, Greece must now focus on and invest in achieving economic growth. “As the prime minister said, you must make Greece an attractive place for business investments. Look around you, Greece is a very attractive place, it’s a beautiful place. Tourism is certainly improving here but you need something more to your economy than just tourism. Again, that is where I think our military cooperation will help, that will help inject dollars into the economy as well,” he said.

Asked whether he shared the view of U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt that Greece is a pillar of stability, Johnson agreed and said that it could become an even more stable pillar now that a tough period in the economy that required real belt-tightening was over and the country was starting to return to good economic growth.

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  1. This white supremacist neocon or fascist…. from the most extreme wng of degnerates of the Republican party…. tells Greece… is a pillar of stability , and is ripe of carpetbagging the assets and property of Greece..thanks to their IMF control of the Bail out package….that leaves Greece with almost any asset to loot, and a debt of 180% of their GNP….the same as it began in 2008!

    The only pillar of stability …is anglo white suppremacist war monger Johnson…. control of the entire country of Greece…in the hands of their Governor Tsipras and his rulling party….which a long time ago surremded his principles and vision of Greece…which did not include the U.S and Nato!

    What does war criminal Johnson know about stability…when he has been a drilving force …in destroying the stability and cultures of foreign countries thurout the world ….the latest libya, Iraq, Afganistan, Yemen, Somalia Ukraine, and attempting to destabilized the entire European Region by attempting to change the regimes of Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Syria with first economics trangulation and then military fascism !

    It is time TNH…..started printing a new Narrative …which addressed the degenerates in Washington D.C. as a “REGIME” not government ….like they do …to their created foreign enemies!
    How about it …TNH….why don;t you tell the people …who creates the economic destabilization of the people of the enemies of these sadist….like JOHNSTON! The next time you …cry for the suffering of the people like in Venezuela… due to shortage of medicines and foods…..tell them how they are helped by the United states….by imposing economic sanctions and ordering their vassal states to follow their.siut!

    Tell them how the United States and Barack Obama…supported the fraudulent bailout package to Greece, because the US. bank creditors who insure bonds …were guaranteed not to have to be liable for payment
    of lost revenue from the deal….since the package did not allow debt relief, and all money payed back …included principle and interests …guaranteed by the assets of Greece! That is why..Greece is still 180% of debt to GNP! That is why thanks to Tsipras and his ruling parties betrayal ….

    Greeece is dead, and their is only a little of it carcase left to pick …..and even that …is why they have told Tsipras…he must continue his Austerity punishment on the people of Greece!…

    The informed public is tired of TNH ..representing the aristocratic elitist and including the Greeks in Greece…who have benefited by the suffering of the people of Greece…..and now we have a demented ideological member of our fascist regime….walking into Greece….. and telling us the future is bright for the people of Greece …..the same species….who allowed Turkey to murder ethlnic Greeks in Cyprus!

    Hey Spiro…. I and the readers of TNH….await your reply to my Posts.. as you promised! You can make this the platform for providing all the information, TNH and their buddies at the New York Times do not provide …as “Independent” free press!

  2. Only thing to agree on in this article is that just tourism alone will not pay Greece’s bills. Greece needs high value products. One tourist in Greece spends on average 70euros when visiting Greece, one Apple computer in the US sells for US 2-3k….obvious what industries Greece needs to pursue. Incompetent Tsipras must go.

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