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SYRIZA Criticizes Mitsotakis for Lack of Stronger Stance on Turkey at EU Summit

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SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance Nassos Iliopoulos. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Yiannis Panagopoulos)

ATHENS -- Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis celebrates the conclusions of the European Council Summit, but they include no sanctions against Turkey, SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance press spokesman Nasos Iliopoulos said in an interview, criticizing the government for not taking a stronger stance at Friday's meeting.

In an interview appearing in Sunday Vradyni newspaper, Iliopoulos said that "strategic dialogue with Turkey means a positive EU-Turkey agenda, but a simultaneous threat of sanctions."

Instead, he said, Turkey has sent vessels off the Greek island of Kastelorizo again.

Asked about a possible recourse of Greece and Turkey to the International Court at The Hague, the main opposition spokesman said, "The real question is whether New Democracy (ND) can stand it," he said, referring to the ruling party. He cited as a sign of internal party conflict the delay in ratifying the agreement with North Macedonia, "a clear sign of weakness," according to him. "Greece cannot depend on ND's internal party contradictions," he stressed, calling Mitsotakis' foreign policy a "failed one".