Athens, 19 July 2019 (MIA) – Let’s make sure that the Prespa Agreement is implemented as it was signed and we all take the positives from it, Greek former defense minister Evangelos Apostolakis has told MIA.
Apostolakis voices optimism that changes in Greece will not halt the continuity in cooperation, although he believes some time will be required for adaptation.
During the visit of former PM Alexis Tripras to Skopje in April, Apostolakis signed a defense cooperation agreement with North Macedonia’s counterpart Radmila Shekerinska.
“We have launched a cooperation process so that both countries can help each other. The aim was to support North Macedonia to adapt as soon as possible in the process of joining NATO. Both sides believed in this and we are moving forward,” Apostolakis told MIA’s correspondent from Athens.
According to him, regardless of the criticism of the Prespa Agreement, both sides should take the positives from it.
“Let’s make sure it is implemented as signed and take the positives from it, not poison ourselves whether it was good or bad,” adds Apostolakis.
He is an optimist that cooperation will continue, despite the government change in Greece.
“Some time is needed to adapt to the new situation on both sides. I believe everything will be alright, as it should be,” notes Apostolakis.