Greece criticizes EU sanctions against Russia, claims they have negative economic effects
(MENAFN) Greece, which acknowledged that the action had an adverse economic impact, has criticized the European Union for placing unprecedented sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the prime minister of Greece, acknowledged that Europe imposed sanctions on Russia despite being aware of their effects during a press conference in Thessaloniki on Sunday.
“The moment we imposed these extremely broad sanctions on Russia, the most serious sanctions ever, we knew that we exposed our society to a very difficult process,” Mitsotakis informed journalists.
“But we warned this was the price we paid for making this choice.”
He asserted that the EU is working to reduce its reliance on Russian energy imports, but he also questioned how much the EU is prepared to give up in the energy conflict with Russia.
In case the country's Russian gas flows are completely cut, Mitsotakis stressed that his government has taken steps to ensure enough energy supply before the winter.
“We are ready for the worst possible scenario which is Russia halting natural gas flows,” he was cited as highlighting amid the press briefing.
It followed similar remarks made last week by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who declared that the West's "provocative" measures against Russia were "not correct."
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