By Dimitris Gatsios
The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction with the prospect of Sweden and Finland joining the NATO… family, attending the Alliance Summit. At the same time, Mr. Mitsotakis left tips for the attitude of Turkey.
“Eventually the common sense and the good of the Alliance prevailed and any opportunistic and utilitarian behaviors were overcome,” he stressed, while sending new messages to the neighbor. “As a pillar of stability, then, in the south-east of NATO, we have every reason to believe that the Alliance’s commitment at this time should be to the challenge it faces on the Ukrainian front. We do not need any other source of instability within the Alliance and I believe that “This is something that all our partners understand,” he said.
The entire statement of Mr. Mitsotakis is as follows:
We are meeting today at the NATO Summit, in the shadow of a war. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a turning point in geopolitical time. It gives new importance to the Euro-Atlantic alliance and forces us to move faster in order to strengthen NATO structures.
Today we are facing new important geopolitical challenges. And I want to express my satisfaction because in the new strategic doctrine, which we will adopt shortly, its introduction includes the protection of sovereignty, territorial integrity, international law, but also human rights as the value framework on which it is based. our Alliance. I would also like to welcome the fact that today the Alliance will invite Finland and Sweden to become the 31st and 32nd members of the Alliance. Eventually the common sense and the good of the Alliance prevailed and any opportunistic and utilitarian behaviors were overcome.
Greece has been a member of NATO since 1952. We are an important pillar of stability in the southeastern Mediterranean, we are a country that systematically invests more than 2% of its GDP in defense spending, thus shielding not only our own defensive deterrent. but also the structures of the Alliance.
As a pillar of stability, then, in the south-eastern wing of NATO we have every reason to believe that at this time the Alliance’s commitment should be to the challenge it faces on the Ukrainian front. We do not need any other source of instability within the Alliance and I believe that is something that all our partners understand.