“My criticism of the agreement did not refer to the name, it referred to the Macedonian language and the Macedonian ethnicity and I continue to believe that this is a big mistake,” he said. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an interview with the Greek television “Antenna”.
As MIA correspondent from Athens reports, Mitsotakis explains that “these mistakes can not be cured” and stressed that now Greece is striving for good relations with Northern Macedonia.
– From the moment it happened, we have every reason to strive for the best possible relations with Northern Macedonia and mainly to expand our economic influence. Because at the moment Greece is again becoming the protagonist of the energy map of the Balkans, not only in what is happening in Greece. “Greece is a natural source of energy input to the Balkans and to Central and Eastern Europe, and we aim to make the most of our role,” Mitsotakis said.
He stressed that the country’s accession process to the European Union should begin, because through it Greece “will have the opportunity to press for the implementation of the agreement and to heal any weaknesses as much as the legal framework allows.”
Mitsotakis says he is fully consistent with the views on the Prespa Agreement put forward before New Democracy came to power, explaining that it would have been very easy and politically useful for him if he had said in the run-up to the election that he would annul the agreement.
“I did not do that because I am a serious politician and I know very well that the agreements can not be changed,” said the Greek Prime Minister.
In an interview with Greek television “Antenna” broadcast shortly before midnight last night, Mitsotakis announced a second increase in the minimum wage in Greece, ruled out any possibility of introducing a lockdown in the country, but also any scenario for holding early parliamentary elections.