Greek PM Mitsotakis Feels He Had “Good Chemistry” with Both Trump and Pompeo

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Dimitris Papamitsos)

“We have never had such strong expressions of support of Greek interests,” Mitsotakis pointed out. Asked what he would do if Turkey sends out a seismographic ship, as it threatens, the premier said, “Whatever is necessary. We will do whatever we can not to get to the point of having to do whatever is necessary,” he said. “Neither the US, nor we, nor Turkey stand to gain anything by escalating tension in the East Mediterranean,” the Greek premier underlined.

Referring to his recent visit to the United States and his meeting with President Donald Trump, Mitsotakis told Alpha TV that he had been explicit with Trump about the Greek government’s ‘red lines’, or how far Greece was willing to go in accepting conditionalities. He felt he had ‘good chemistry’ with both Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said.

Despite the rhetoric of the Turkish president, Greece’s communications channels with Turkey remain open, Mitsotakis asserted, adding that there is a roadmap on how to reduce tension. In addition, “There is no chance that Greece takes recourse to the International Court at Hague for anything else but the EEZ and the continental shelf.”

Speaking of foreign affairs, Mitsotakis also publicly thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for his support and said Greece has strong allies in the area.

In terms of development, he assessed it at 3 percent, and said the government was credited with “being absolutely consistent in our obligations.”