ANA/MPA—Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Chountis said that “in any case the Greek government does not bluff. We have said that we have pledged before the Greek people to implement our programme” in an interview with ANA-MPA on Friday commenting on the result of Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ meeting with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin on Thursday.
Chountis noted: “We have said that we will seek the best solution for the debt in the interest of the economy and of the country and we will seek the best solution to these problems on European level as well as changes in Europe so that we will be in the position to play its role and to come closer to the citizens…We are waiting for specific answers on how the problem will be dealt with taking into account the Greek people’s mandate. They can’t ask from us to step back from our commitments and we know very well the rules of the EU. Consequently, Mr. Schaeuble and Germany must play their role within the framework of a EU with equal members.
Asked on the presence of US Secretary of State delegation in Athens, Chountis underlined “I think that on their part the US want to have a better look to our proposals, there were also contacts at ministers’ level, but according to what they have said they see the problem that exists in Europe. Whereas the US during the crisis or after the crisis followed different policies to reset the economy and the society, the crisis in Europe has not ended.”
Finally, referring to the developments in Ukraine, Chountis noted: “Our opinion, an opinion of principles, is the Ukrainian crisis to be dealt with in a political way and the responsibilities to be allocated. In parallel we believe, as it has already been proven that the sanctions on Russia on political and economic level, were fruitless and was beneficial neither for Europe nor for the Greek economy. From that standpoint, we want to undertake initiatives if possible, in order the EU to be able to move on this line and I believe that in this sense Europe’s honour will be saved.”