New Democracy (ND) shadow foreign minister George Koumoutsakos on Wednesday said that Greece’s return to the capital markets on Tuesday was a good thing in itself but, when examined more closely, had essentially come very late and at a very high cost. In statements during an interview, Koumoutsakos said this cost was “made double” when considering the Greek people’s huge sacrifices and the fact that the borrowing terms were very harsh, when compared to those for other economies of similar size.
On FYROM’s accession to NATO, Koumoutsakos said that his party will not sign the accession protocol.
Asked about Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ visit to Turkey and his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on February 5, Koumoutsakos expressed the hope that the meeting will be well prepared beforehand, because if it had the same characteristics as the truly failed visit made by Erdogan to Greece, “it would be better if it does not happen.”
“That visit was badly prepared and poisoned Greek-Turkish relations instead of helping them. After Erdogan’s visit to Athens, Greek-Turkish relations got worse,” said Koumoutsakos, adding: “I hope Tsipras knows exactly what he expects from this meeting, what his aims are, and that there has been detailed preparation by the diplomatic service so that this visit can attempt to heal some of the deep wounds inflicted during Erdogan’s visit to Greece a year and a half ago. Everything will be judged by the results,” concluded the ND deputy.