Kam­menos de­nies Soros re­marks

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De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos re­it­er­ated yes­ter­day his ve­he­ment de­nial of al­le­ga­tions made last month by for­mer For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias who claimed that Kam­menos told a cab­i­net meet­ing the gov­ern­ment was be­ing fi­nanced by US-Hun­gar­ian bil­lion­aire George Soros.

In re­sponse to a ques­tion in Par­lia­ment by New Democ­racy MP Yian­nis Ke­faloyian­nis, Kam­menos said that the claim by Kotzias on Kriti TV was taken up by the for­mer rul­ing estab­lish­ment – linked to ND and PASOK – in or­der to dis­tract the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion from the re­cent jail­ing of for­mer so­cial­ist min­is­ter Yian­nos Pa­pan­to­niou on cor­rup­tion charges. “Since these (al­le­ga­tions) have come un­der the scru­tiny of Par­lia­ment I want to re­peat and stress that I never said the gov­ern­ment has re­ceived money from George Soros,” Kam­menos said.

He added that he only re­ferred to the fi­nancier in con­nec­tion with a com­pany that the For­eign Min­istry does busi­ness with and “which has noth­ing to do with the gov­ern­ment.”

“I re­fer you to the state­ments made by those at the cab­i­net meet­ing and I re­mind you that min­utes are taken at all cab­i­net meet­ings,” he said.

In his re­sponse, Ke­faloyian­nis mocked Kam­menos for pre­sent­ing Kotzias as a liar and then “in­form­ing us that the For­eign Min­istry does not be­long to the gov­ern­ment.”

Kotzias told Kriti TV that, dur­ing his clos­ing re­marks at the cab­i­net meet­ing in Oc­to­ber, Tsipras was in­ter­rupted by Kam­menos who “un­leashed a sewer of slan­der.”

“He did not just talk about se­cret funds. He said that Soros is fi­nanc­ing the Greek gov­ern­ment to bribe for­eign­ers,” he said.

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