"Greece will disappoint anyone who is hoping for or investing in a Greek bankruptcy," Greek foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said on Friday, responding to questions prompted by statements attributed to Turkish president Abdullah Gul by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News. "History has shown that it is a mistake to underestimate Greece," the foreign ministry spokesman added.
According to the English language Turkish daily, Gul told a group of minibus drivers near Istanbul, during an impromptu discussion, that: "As you know, we are going to European countries frequently. They really envy Turkey. Greece is about to go bankrupt. If someone’s ability to pay is weak, they demand high interest. If the ability to pay is high, the interest demanded is low". He added that that was how it is with countries too, adding that Germany is concerned because "qualified Turkish-Germans are returning to Turkey these days".