“I am not an outgoing minister, nor am I a minister that is about to resign,” Defence Minister Panos Kammenos stated on Friday at the opening of a joint meeting of the parliamentary committees discussing an amendment on upgrading Greece’s F-16 military planes and the obligations of contractor Lockheed Martin under the deal, which is due to be voted on Monday.
ain opposition New Democracy Costas Tassoulas said that such important issues should not be discussed in the presence of an outgoing minister, who had announced his imminent departure at the Defence Council on Thursday.
“Kammenos’ announcement that he is retiring and is handing over his office forces ND to say that it will discuss these issues (the amendment on the F-16s) with his successor…and for this reason ND is retiring from this meeting”.
Kammenos reacted immediately, saying: “As long as ND is here, I must say that I am not an outgoing minister, nor a minister that is about to resign,” and pointed out that he has not submitted his resignation, while ND could not prejudge the result of the vote in Skopje. “Nor have I, officially or unofficially, stated anywhere that I am going to resign,” he added.