US Ambassador Pyatt: Our Relationship with Greece is 100% Solid (Video)

United States Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt. (Photo by TNH/Kostas Bej)

THESSALONIKI – The United States is conveying its steadfast support for Greece and applauds its efforts to manage the tension with Turkey, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt told the Athens-Maceonian News Agency (ANA) on Monday evening, during a reception in Thessaloniki to celebrate US Independence Day on July 4.

Speaking of energy, he called recent concessions signed for hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation off Crete “a big step forward” and made extensive mention of Greece’s role as a European energy hub. Northern Greece in particular, he said, “is positioned to be right at the center of this larger vision of Greece as an essential partner in helping to build energy diversification and energy security across southeastern Europe.”

Among other issues, Pyatt denied rumors of having met with North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in northern Greece, expressing instead his joy at having paid a visit to the Halkidiki peninsula for the first time.

The interview to ANA journalist Sofia Papadopoulou follows below:

ANA: Could you comment on recent tensions Turkey has created with Greece?

Ambassador Pyatt: So, our message is one of support for Greece and support for the steps that the Greek government has taken to lower tensions, to advance dialogue. We are very aware of the uncertainties that are coming from Ankara right now, but we also appreciate the steps that have been taken, including by the Greek Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Defense in recent days in order to keep a dialogue around confidence building and related measures going forward, and I think it’s also very important to recognize that in this political season here in Greece, with a very hotly contested national debate and national elections, Turkey is an issue where the Greek people speak with one voice. And I think that’s an important signal not just from the governing party, but from the opposition.

What would say on the S-400 issue, of Turkey’s determination to purchase the Russian system?

We remain very concerned. (Commenting on the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Japan, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting:) I’m not going to second guess the words of my president and I’ll leave it to the Turkish government to speak for itself, but I think you saw a clear reiteration from the White House over the weekend regarding our grave concerns about the S-400 transaction and the incompatibility between that and Turkey’s desire to be part of the F-35 program.

How would you describe Greek-American relations, and how would the general elections results affect them?

(Relations are) 100% solid. This is a relationship that’s not about personalities or individual political parties. It’s between our two nations, between our peoples. I think we’ve demonstrated that very clearly over the past few years,and I am confident that if the opposition is victorious, if the Greek people choose New Democracy to head the next government, that we will be able to sustain and continue in a very dynamic way the great progress that we’ve made in recent years in the relationship between our two countries, anchored in the Strategic Dialogue, which we are committed to carry ahead in line with the instructions that were given last December.

What would you say on the energy agreement signed in Crete and the prospects of Greece as a European energy hub?

A big step forward! It’s already happening, and northern Greece is right at the center of this process with the TAP pipeline, the IGB now beginning work, and the prospect of early progress on the FSRU in Alexandroupoli, and also energy infrastructure links between Thessaloniki and North Macedonia. So you see how northern Greece is positioned to be right at the center of this larger vision of Greece as an essential partner in helping to build energy diversification and energy security across southeastern Europe.

Did you travel anywhere beyond Thessaloniki?

I’m excited because I used the weekend to have my first visit to Halkidiki. It was beautiful. I saw more fish, I think, than I’ve seen any place else in Greece while I was snorkeling! I did not meet with President Zaev, so don’t believe everything you see in the press, but it was a beautiful weekend. I’ll definitely look for an opportunity to come back and spend some more time.

2 Comments

  1. TNH..THANK YOU FOR LETTING THE GREEKS KNOW ..THAT WHEN THEY VOTE ON JULY 7TH , THE WILL ACTUALLY VOTING FOR GEOFFREY PYATT AND ROBERT MENENDEZ ..AS THEIR NEW LEADERS OF GREECE!

    TNH..THE PUBLISHER AND SPOKESMAN FOR TH E MASON GREEK SECRET SOCIETIES WHO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE “GLORY OF AMERICA AND ISRAEL” ENDORSED AND PROMOTED MENENDEZ FOR ELECTION AS SENATOR OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY.WHICH LEGITIMIZED PUBLIC CORRUPTION TO HOLD OFFICE IN AMERIC A..NOW WISHES TO ENDORSE PYATT AND MENENDEZ ..AS THE FIRST FOREIGN CITIZENS TO HOLD THE OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER OF GREECE!

    THIS IS CLEARLY THE OUTCOME IF GREEKS VOTE FOR ANY OF THE LEADING CANDIDATES .BOTH FULLY VETTED AND CERTIFIED TO BE JUST FIGHUREHEADS SERVNG U.S, NATO ,AND EU INTERESTS

    MY RECOMMENDATION ..IS TO BOYCOTT THESE ELECTIONS BY ALL GREEKS , AND TO VOMIT UP ALL ALL THE LIES THEY HAVE MADE GREEKS SWALLOW BY THEIR MEDIA AND THE MOST CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS IN GREEK HISTORY IN GREECE AND CYPURS ..WHO ARE TRAITORS TO ALL GREEKS THRUOUT TH E WORLD …AND NOW EVEN ALLOW THEIR WATERS TO BE POLLUTED BY NATO OIL BARONS ..WHO ARE BANNED IN AMERICA.

    GREECE AND CYPRUS ARE NATO DICTATORSHIPS..AND ALL THE EVIDENCE IS CLEARLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER FACES ..WHEN LIE AFTER LIE. AND SELL OFF OF HER CULTURE AND HISTORIICAL WATERS AND LAND ….AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE …GOES UN ACCOUNTABLE!

    SHORT OF ARMED CIVIL RESISTANCE…YOU ONLY HAVE ONE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD !

    BOYCOTT ..OR SETTLE FOR PYATT !

  2. Did TNH… ask Pyatt how they will punish Greeks if they buy oil and gas from Venezuela, Russia , or Iran , or if if they buy weapons from Russia or any other country ..other than the This Tyrants…who only claim to fame ..is the overthrow of the Ukranian government to make them 100 % solid with America…which for your viewing pleasure ..is on You tube!

    Did TNH…ask him how Greece and Cyprus fit into their strategic plans to overthrow the governments of the world not compliant to their economic political , and military control?

    Did TNH..ask Pyatt how he can justify the “obliteration” of 80 million Iranians…as stated by Donald trump because they are abiding with an International agreement of the major powers of the world which does not allow Iran to develope Nuclear weapons…and which the International Atomic Energy Commission have certified that their inspectors have confirmed!

    Did TNH … ask Pyatt how he is getting away with doing what he did in libya..where their country is a war zone of the former proxy jihadist of Saudi Arabia, U.S and Turkey who lied to the people ..to bomb and destroy the government of Libya…to defend their country from turning it into … a non existent society!

    Why would any country have a relationship with America ..who has made the world into a POLICE STATE….to preserve their occupation and control of the world!

    All TNH has done..is Greece will be run by Nato Dictators ..for their interests!

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