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Greek Foreign Ministry denies FT report on Venezuela

Greek Foreign Ministry denies FT report on Venezuela
The Greek Foreign Ministry denies an FT report, that states that Greece has strongly resisted Spain’s demands, effectively ruling out the immediate prospect of European sanctions against Caracas and was published by the FT website.

According to diplomatic sources despite the instant denial of such reports by the Greek Foreign Ministry, on Wednesday, FT did not publish the Greek response or make the necessary corrections to the article that appears on the Financial Times website concerning Greece's position on a move by the bloc to impose sanctions against Caracas.

According to the FT publication on Wednesday “Spain has pressed for European sanctions against Venezuela, a move that would follow targeted US penalties against the country. But Greece has strongly resisted Spain’s demands, effectively ruling out the immediate prospect of European sanctions that cannot go ahead without unanimous support from member states”.

In a bid to reinstate the truth, the unsubstantiated information that Greece has strongly opposed Spain's claim by essentially excluding the prospect of European sanctions against Venezuela are categorically denied, diplomatic sources told IBNA.

The above information by FT is untrue, creates false impressions and distorts the truth, sources stressed. In fact, during her speech at the meeting, the Greek spokesperson did not refer to the mater of sanctions, which was not included in the information of the EU Declaration under negotiation, state the same sources.

This statement, in the end, as well as those which preceded it, was issued  by Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief of the EU, in the name of the European Union as a whole.

In addition the same sources told IBNA that domestic publications that reproduce inaccuracies referring to alleged sanctions and a Greek veto are totally unrealistic.

The Greek Foreign Ministry released an announcement yesterday regarding a statement by the New Democracy Party on the Greek government’s stance on Venezuela. Specifically the Foreign Ministry’s announcement stated that the “worst counsel on foreign policy” are reports in the tabloid press and added that “unfortunately New Democracy cannot resist the temptation of invoking such reports as questions”./ΙΒΝΑ

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