In a statement to the press in Thessaloniki, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made evaluations of relations with Turkey and the immigration problem.
According to Stelyo Berberakis from BBC, Mitsotakis said, “Although our interests with Turkey are in the same line, there are great differences of opinion between us. We have very different views on how international law is applied.”
Referring to the tension with Turkey regarding the disarmament of the Aegean islands, Mitsotakis said, “I always favor meeting with Turkey, we should not allow unnecessary tensions. We will not negotiate with anyone about how to protect our borders.”
‘Our Program And The Program of Erdoğan Do Not Fit’
When asked whether he would meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the UN General Assembly meeting to be held in New York on September 21st, Mitsotakis replied, “We do not have a scheduled meeting with Mr. Erdoğan. Our schedules do not fit.”
‘We Can Extend The Steel Fence Built In Meriç If Necessary’
Noting that Athens will continue its strategy of protecting its borders, Mitsotakis said, “We can extend the steel fence built in Meriç if necessary.”