“Our borders are safe,” stated Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday after attending the final phase of the military exercise “Parmenion 2015” at the Evros region, near the Turkey and Bulgaria borders.
Tsipras, who was wearing a Hellenic Airforce flight jacket with his name on it as “Prime Minister”, was accompanied by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos. The prime minister stated that he is “totally satisfied and impressed by the alertness of the Greek Army.”
“Our country is not at war,” he said, “however, Greece is in the middle of a destabilization triangle,” referring to Ukraine, Libya and Syria.
Tsipras also referred to the refugee issue. “The refugee crisis is a major problem for all Europe and for all European societies, each one individually. This is a problem which is more intense in Greece because of geography and proximity to areas of conflict. Thousands of families are taking the road of exile to escape the war. We have experienced similar situations and that is why we are in solidarity with those people. And we demand from our neighbors to do the same. The refugee issue, the pain and suffering of these people cannot be used to serve the national interests of any country,” he said.