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Was Athens wrong in siding with Haftar? - The Greek-Turkish standoff is judged in Libya

Featured Was Athens wrong in siding with Haftar? - The Greek-Turkish standoff is judged in Libya

By Stavros Lygeros

It is often said in public that Greece has chosen the wrong side in Libya. In fact, it is a direct challenge to the policy pursued by the Mitsotakis government. The irony of the case is that the relevant controversy is manifested in circles not only of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but also of the government itself!

This was a common secret, but it came to light with the statement of the Deputy National Security Adviser, Thanos Dokos, who seemed to adopt these doubts. Because the issue was of interest for the direction of Greek foreign policy, but also for the balances in the mechanisms that determine it, I undertook a relevant reportage.

Among other things, I contacted Thanos Dokos (24-6), who told me on the record that "Greece's support for Haftar was a one-way street, regardless of the subsequent developments in the theater of the conflict in Libya." He assured me that this was his view from the beginning, so the issue as concerns the Deputy National Security Adviser was setttled.

However, it was not settled overall, since the view that Athens made a mistake in taking a position in favor of Haftar is still circulating - as I mentioned above - even in circles that influence the formation of Greek foreign policy. In order to justify their point of view, they invoke the fact that the Sarraj camp has not only stabilized, but is also gaining ground, to the point of threatening Syrte.

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