Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, took aim at Turkey during a media interview with Bloomberg accusing it of not doing enough concerning the immigration crisis in the Aegean.
Mitsotakis conducted the interview on the sidelines of the Bloomberg Global Business Forum 2019, following his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan where both leaders are in New York to attend the 74th UN General Assembly meeting.
“I’m sure that Turkey can do more to implement the EU-Turkey agreement [on immigration] so that we are not faced with a situation that we currently have to address on our islands,” referring to the sudden spike in arrivals in recent weeks.
“We want to make up an honest restart and improve the state of Greek-Turkish relations,” Mitsotakis said of the meeting, which included several ministers on both sides.
Mitsotakis noted that the EU-Turkey immigration agreement was “a win-win agreement, provided it is implemented on all sides” and added that the agreement is sensible, “as it was sensible to make sure the EU supports Turkey with funds, as Turkey is managing a complicated situation on its own territory.”