More Turk­ish debt crit­i­cism

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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.

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