Government spokesman George Petalotis, commenting on statements by the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Bulent Arinc, said that "the view of Mr. Arinc, we guess that it does not constitute a position of the Turkish government because it lacks truth and seriousness."

Petalotis "reminded" "for all who forget" that "Greece, a country of the EU and the ONE, with great achievements until now, despite the temporary crisis, reserves for all its citizens and maintains a standard of living that for many other countries would evidently be enviable" and stressed that for this reason "the Greek people are proud for the course that they have defined for years and for all that they are planning for their future."