Greece threatens with retaliation if Turkey decides to drill in Kastellorizo



Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned Turkey to not even think about drilling in Greece’s territorial waters, after concerns Erdogan might order illegal drilling east of Rhodes and south of Kastellorizo.

The Greek PM made the comments on Sunday during an interview with public broacaster ERT3 on Sunday and noted that Greece has a plan and will prevent any drilling on the Greek continental shelf.

During the interview Alexis Tsipras referred to the Prespes Agreement saying he is "fully justified" for signing of the Prespes Agreement because it has upgraded Greece's international credibility and prestige and contributed to turning the European Union in favour of our national issues. For this reason, he said, the European Council has adopted a clear and strict decision on Turkey's unlawful actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, which is "a great national diplomatic victory of Greece and Cyprus."

He even blamed main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other opposition parties for "irresponsible and hypocritical attitude" to the Prespes Agreement in order to serve their political needs.

He also said it is unreasonable for Mitsotakis to believe that a series of reforms will persuade the partners to reduce the primary surplus targets while SYRIZA has managed to do so.

Tsipras also referred to the 120-installment debt settlement, the relief measures for the middle class while expressing optimism that SYRIZA will win the elections on July 7.