The pro-government media in Turkey continue to praise opposition party SYRIZA and its leader Alexis Tsipras, for the recent “no” to vote in favour of the country’s defence spending in the 2022 Budget.
Hürriyet newspaper ran the title: “Tsipras’ accusations against Mitsotakis: Why are we arming ourselves? Lest we become superpower.”
The story was also on television networks Haber Global, in which they mentioned the opposition leader levelled “harsh criticism against the government. ”
With the caption: “Greece’s hopes for the purchase of F-35 aircraft revived”, Haber Global stated: “The United States of America has given the green light, but the essential issue is money.”
“The opposition is reacting to the government’s defence spending and in fact the former Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras wondered ‘Why are we arming ourselves, are we a superpower?’
“The United States of America has passed the law that paves the way for the sale of F-35s to Greece. Athens is starting to calculate how it will be able to buy expensive aircraft.
“Greece will pay 2.5 billion euros to France for the 18 Rafales. It also pledged 3 billion euros to pay for the three French-made frigates.
“The opposition reacts. SYRIZA’s party stressed that the defence budget expenditures reached the same level as in 2009 when Greece was on the verge of bankruptcy.
“SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras harshly criticised Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Tsipras asked ‘Why are you entering an arms race? Are we superpowers?'”