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Defense Minister Kammenos issues a threatening message from the Greek – Macedonian border


Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos marched to the Greek – Macedonian border near the Lerin – Bitola region today and issued a threatening message that “our neighbors need to understand that there is only one Macedonia, and it is Greek”.

– Greece wants to live in peace and our neighbors need to understand that it is also in their interest. Greece is friendly toward them, but at the same time they must know that while they provoke and have irredentist claims, the Greek door will be closed. And a closed Greek door for them means a closed European and a closed Western door”, Kammenos added, announcing a continued veto for Macedonia’s entry into NATO and the European Union.

Kammenos is involved in a war of words with the Macedonian Government, after Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that the Prespa treaty will mean that Macedonians living in northern Greece (Aegean Macedonia) will finally be allowed to have their public education in Macedonian. Zaev issued an apology to Greek media after his statement but later, following a similar verbal fight with Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov, insisted that he and his children are and will remain Macedonians and that they speak Macedonian.

– The Prespa treaty is dead. It is dead because of Mr. Zaev who, despite all efforts on the Greek side to find a solution to the problem, keeps making statements that deny the very treaty. Unless he has a different, secret deal with Tsipras. That must be said publicly. We don’t know of any such deal, Kammenos said, further straining relations with his coalition partner, the Alexis Tsipras led SYRIZA party.

Kammenos ensured the resignation of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias over the Prespa treaty and accused him of bribing Macedonian politicians and journalists to secure the deal. Now Tsipras holds the Foreign Ministry portfolio, and Kammenos has threatened he will leave the Government if Parliament moves ahead to ratify the Zaev – Tsipras treaty.

– If the Government in Skopje continues with its policy and continues to speak about the existance of a Macedonian national group or a Macedonian language, and even worse, speaks about a Macedonian minority in Greece, this treaty must never be put to vote in the Greek Parliament. If, for what ever reason, it is brought before Parliament, I clearly state that the Independent Greeks will leave the Government and the ruling majority, Kammenos said. The Tsipras Government is held in power by the votes provided by Kammenos and his Independent Greeks (ANEL) party.