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Oikonomou: Greece Never Provokes But Responds with Confidence Every Time It Is Provoked

October 10, 2022

ATHENS – “The two-day presence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Prague, at the Summit of the European Political Community and the informal Summit of the European Council, was successful and its positive impact on our country is clearly visible,” government spokesperson Yiannis Oikonomou said on Monday during a press briefing.

“Specifically, as the prime minister stated, a common ground is being formed in the Council for a common and drastic European intervention to lower the prices of natural gas. After a persistent effort by the Greek government, our proposals, which have been developed in detail for months and have been presented to the international audience by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, have been adopted by the President of the Commission and now find fertile ground in the Council. On Tuesday, the Council of Energy Ministers will meet to examine technical details for the implementation of this proposal. Even if it is late, as the prime minister pointed out, Europe can take, as it did during the pandemic, the decisive step that the current times demand and the principles of solidarity impose, by taking final decisions at the next summit in Brussels. This will be the practical answer to those who want to bring Europe to its knees by exploiting natural gas and the peoples of our continent. And it will be the practical response to the expectations of European citizens for substantial steps.”

The government spokesperson said that “with regard to the Turkish provocations, all those who participated in the European Political Community saw the attempt to internationalise the Turkish provocation, but also the Greek prime minister’s immediate response, which put things on the right footing and cancelled Mr. Erdogan’s narrative. It became evident on the international stage that the Turkish President is not used to being answered regarding the views he expresses from time to time.”

He stressed “our message is firm and clear. Greece never provokes but responds with confidence every time it is provoked. It keeps the window open to dialogue but the doors to provocations are closed and it is not going to – as the prime minister emphasised – leave any Turkish challenge unanswered.”

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