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Petsas: We continue to monitor the situation with calm, readiness and determination

Petsas: We continue to monitor the situation with calm, readiness and determination

Government spokesperson Stelios Petsas once again condemned Turkey's recent conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, during a press briefing on Monday.

"This is a provocation not only for Greeks and Christians everywhere, but also for the entire western and civilised world," he said.

He then referred to what Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed in his message for the anniversary of the restoration of democracy, noting that "this action is not a manifestation of strength, but a proof of weakness and, of course, does not have the power to overshadow the magnificence radiated by a world heritage site. That is why the condemnation can only continue and intensify at a global level. In the meantime, while Ankara maintains the illegal NAVTEX for exploratory drilling in areas that include parts of the Greek continental shelf, the Turkish research vessel remains at anchor and the Turkish warships are being withdrawn."

"We continue to monitor the situation with calm, readiness and determination," he underlined.

Regarding the developments concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, Petsas stressed: "Despite the small increase in cases, Greece remains in a much better epidemiological state than many other countries and this is no accident. It is the result of our strategy, which has created a special algorithm to help us make decisions about how to best distribute our targeted tests at the country's gateways. We are implementing effective case monitoring and tracking ... We are - and we are doing what it takes to stay that way - a safe country for residents and visitors."

"This, after all, was the strategy we planned when we proceeded to gradually lift the restrictive measures and open up the gates of the country to its visitors. From the beginning, we made it clear that we will constantly monitor developments, both at home and abroad, and we will adjust our decisions accordingly," the government spokesperson continued.

He pointed out, however, that "in the past we have been forced - due to the deterioration of epidemiological situation in the Balkan countries - to impose stricter terms and conditions for entry via our land borders."

Referring to developments in the field of the economy, the government spokesperson pointed out that "the government has from the first moment moved on two levels to address the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic: the Community and national levels. At the Community level, it is important that Greece is treated as an equal member of the European family. It is participating in the quantitative easing program of the European Central Bank, a fact that lowers the cost of borrowing by the State, banks and consequently companies. It was relieved of the obligation to achieve a primary surplus of 3.5 pct of GDP in 2020. And it is covered, like all the countries of the European Union, by the decision to activate the general 'escape clause' of the Stability and Growth Pact.

He also added that a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be held on Friday at 10:00.