Defense Minister and Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos said on Saturday morning that the government would call off the referendum if the country’s creditors accept the Greek government’s proposal containing 7.9 billion euros of fiscal measures for this year and next.
Speaking on Mega TV, Kammenos claimed that “it will all change” if the proposal Athens submitted earlier this week to the Eurogroup is accepted and creditors withdraw their own proposal.
He insisted that Greece’s eurozone membership is not at stake in the referendum that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for Sunday, July 5.
“We will not tolerate the humiliation of the nation, the pauperization of the Greeks,» said Kammenos.
“Ultimatums have no place in democratic Europe,” added Kammenos and dubbed “scaremongering” any talk that banks could shut down.
On the installment of 1.6 billion euros due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, Kammenos warned it will not be paid by Greece and put the blame for that on the country’s creditors as they did not fulfill their bailout obligations.