More Turkish debt criticism
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc yesterday became the second high-ranking Turkish government official to speculate on the risk of bankruptcy faced by Greece.
“They can’t pay employees’ salaries, the wages of the president, MPs and ministers have been frozen. They have debts,” Arinc said. “Depending on European Union aid, they issue desperate calls for help,” he added. The deputy PM also slammed Greece for “selling its own country,” claiming that as well as state assets and businesses, Greeks were selling off islands.
Arinc’s comments came two days after Turkish President Abdullah Gul claimed Greece could soon go bankrupt due to the crushing interest payments it must pay as part of its loan deal with foreign creditors. “Greece is about to go bankrupt. If someone’s ability to pay is weak, they demand high interest,” Gul said.
Responding to Gul’s comments, Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said Greece would prove wrong those investing in its bankruptcy. “History has shown that it is a mistake to underestimate Greece,” he said.