Greek lawmaker Kleon Grigoriadis has accused the government of turning the country into a “huge US base.”
In a speech in parliament on Tuesday, Grigoriadis, a deputy of the left-wing MeRA25 party, criticised the government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis over its foreign policy.
He said an atmosphere of war with Türkiye has been created in the press.
“At the moment, American soldiers, not Turkish soldiers, are wandering in Crete, Alexandroupoli, Larisa, and other areas left by (the left-wing party) Syriza’s old comrades to the United States. Let’s be clear: Greece has now turned into a huge US base.”
The lawmaker stated that the creation of such a perception was aimed at intimidating Greek citizens so that the conversion of Greece into a US base would be acceptable.
Noting that the Greek people should learn from history, Grigoriadis said: “History shows that big powers use small powers as tools and use them for their own interests regardless of the pain they may cause. As in 1922.”
“They are now using us as useful idiots, just as they used Greece as a distraction against Kemal’s (Ataturk) new Turks so that the great powers could easily reach out without resistance to the oil fields in the Middle East that were then under Ottoman rule,” he said.
“The time period we live in demands that we learn this lesson for once,” he concluded.
Last week, Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also objected to the presence of US bases in Greece.
“Currently, nine US military bases have been established in Greece. Whom have they been deployed against. They say that against Russia. But we won’t buy that, Ankara is the target” Erdogan said.