Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to meet Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, in what will be their first talks on Turkish soil rather than neutral territory.
The government is racing to keep up with estimates of the impact of war in Ukraine on the budget, as another week of hostilities has sent the prices of energy and basic goods soaring and businesses warn of more price hikes on the way.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitstotakis has doubled down on his decision to send arms to Ukraine despite ongoing criticism from the opposition parties regarding the policy but also not consulting with his rivals.
The markets’ reaction to conflict in Ukraine has sent the government in search of additional policy tools to shield consumers from galloping inflation.
Tuesday’s parliamentary debate on the war in Ukraine and the government’s decision to break a decades-long tradition of Greece not embroiling itself in such conflicts, in this case by supplying arms to Kiev, gave Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis an opportunity to present his party as being the one that can best safeguard the country’s security, as well as its place within the West.
The government’s decision to supply arms to Ukraine has prompted criticism from the main opposition party SYRIZA and other parties of the left about the nature and extent of Greece’s involvement in the conflict with Russia.
As well as making a landmark foreign policy move over the weekend by deciding to supply Ukraine with arms following the Russian invasion, the Greek government has been mulling the economic impact of the war.
Athens has shown its support for Kiev following Russia’s invasion by sending ammunition to Ukraine, while also condemning any revisionist trend “from any source whatsoever,” as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a NATO teleconference, on Friday.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has made it clear that politically his government will stand with the European Union and NATO over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as his ministers scramble to find ways of mitigating the economic impact of the war.
New media allegations of pushbacks of migrants from the Greek borders and a stern warning from the UN have led the Greek government to issue a statement defending its humanitarian record and denying the use of illegal and dangerous border defence practices.