Not in Greece’s interest to get involved in EU-Turkey row, says Alt. Defence minister

Greece should not get caught up in the recent row between several EU countries and Turkey, Alternate Defence Minister Dimitris Vitsas said in an interview with public Vouli TV station on Tuesday.

“Any assessment on the development of the situation is quite risky. It is not in our interest to get involved in this case, which is characterized by the electoral process in the Netherlands and the referendum in Turkey,” the minister said.

Vitsas said he believed the situation would hurt Turkey’s European orientation which creates new conditions which cannot be overcome from one day to the next. Therefore, at this point we must be very careful,” he added.

Asked about the possibility of holding Turkish election rallies in Greece, Vitsas differentiated between parliamentary elections and a referendum. “It is one thing to have party officials and speak at the embassy or somewhere else and quite another to have the President or the prime minister at a pre-election rally. These things require some discussion first,” he said.