SYRIZA plays down MP’s comments on NATO

Greece’s main leftist opposition party on Monday sought to play down controversial comments by MP Theodoris Dritsas last week that Greece should leave the NATO alliance.

“We never said we plan to leave NATO. What we have said is that we should fight so that NATO breaks up on its own,” SYRIZA secretary Dimitris Vitsas said Monday.

Speaking in Parliament last week, Dritsas said that Greece should leave the transatlantic alliance “that benefits neither Greece, not humanity.”

Dritsas said his statement reflected the official party line which calls for Greece’s disengagement from NATO.

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