Athens, November 17, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Deputy defence minister, Dimitris Vitsas, has ruled out the potential of Greece participating in a military operations against the Islamic State. “I do not think someone can force us”, he said.
He emphasised that Greece has to play another role in efforts to find solutions to Syria in order to establish political stability.
When Vitsas was asked whether via Greece jihadis can go to european countries, he said that he can’t exclude such a possibility, but stressed that the Islamic State is creating “pockets” in the western countries.
Along the same lines were the statements of Panos Kammenos, who also excluded the possibility of participation of the country in a possible intervention.
The defence minister said that this is not going to happen, stressing that “Greece’s role as a guarantor of stability in the region is more valuable, rather than being part of the war”.
About the guarding of the border, he said the “defence forces are not involved. The armed forces can only assist. ”
He added that the situation with the refugee crisis would not be the same if in the last four years “Europe had imposed on Turkey to respect the agreement signed for the return of refugees”.