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Alternate FM Varvitsiotis on Turkey, the Capitol Riots and COVID-19 Vaccines

ATHENS — Turkey must respect the decisions of the European Council for de-escalation of tension, and prove this consistently, if it wants to enter talks with Greece, Alternate Foreign Affairs Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said on Friday.

In an interview with Athina 9.84 FM, Varvitsiotis said among other things that watching President Donald Trump followers storm the Capitol on Wednesday shocked the world. President-elect Joe Biden "has a very difficult job ahead of him, to move towards a national reconciliation in his country, which is deeply divided right now."

Asked to comment on the EU's role in signing for and distributing Covid-19 vaccines, he said, "Even thought it wasn't among its exclusive duties, the EU assumed a very important responsibility: the role of providing vaccines to all of its member-states, preventing the rise of competition among them."

On Brexit, Varvitsiotis said that the historic agreement with the EU was "a Christmas gift". Greece, the minister said, "has been preparing for it in multiple ways and comprehensively" and "collaboration with the United Kingdom is close to facilitate relations and transactions between us even more."

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