Mitsotakis: Tsipras didn’t answer any of the questions on the Saudi arms deal
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the arms deal between Greece and Saudi Arabia “a first-class scandal” and criticized Tsipras for “covering up” for Defence Minister Panos Kammenos during a fierce debate in parliament on Monday.
Commenting on Kammenos, leader of the junior party in the ruling coalition (ANEL), the opposition leader said, “Your own government ally is proven to be selling shells and bombs to Arab countries with the help of middlemen. In any democratic country, the prime minister would have dismissed his minister. You didn’t – is he blackmailing you, with bringing the government down? How can you go to elections with 15 billion euros’ worth of measures and record taxes?”
In his follow-up remarks in parliament, Mitsotakis noted that Tsipras did not answer the main questions posed by ND, such as why intermediaries are needed for an intergovernmental deal.
“Mr. Papadopoulos was an intermediary. We voted the law in 2011 because we have been hurt and paid as a country in order to end with middlemen. You and your minister chose to bring them back […] Your ambassador had warned you about the role of Mr. Papadopoulos.” he said.
He then called attention to the fact that the PM is allowed access to confidential documents, whereas the lawmakers are not, implying a cover-up. He went on to ask where the money from the deal went, it if was in fact legal, and who the middleman worked for.