Greek Foreign Ministry: Bilateral Deals Part of Council’s Conclusions as well

Greece’s support for North Macedonia’s European perspective remains unchanged, but with fulfilment of the set conditions. Asked on Thursday whether the statement by Greek Alternate Foreign Miltiadis Varvitsiotis that the return of the nationalist rhetoric by neighbours would lead to a redefinition of Greece’s official position on support for the EU enlargement process meant also a potential Greek veto, Alexandros Papaioannou, Greek Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, stated that the bilateral deals were mentioned in the Council’s conclusions themselves. As he added, the conditionality, that is, conditions included in those conclusions, are present when it comes to the EU perspective of all Western Balkan countries. Certainly, the Spokesperson stressed, the obligations concerning bilateral deals and the Prespa Agreement are there, too. The developments in the Western Balkans and Greece’s support for the region’s European perspective were the focal point of the phone conversation between Greece’s Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, and the US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland.