“If a solution has not been found by the end of the month, we will not pay the IMF,” Defence Minister Panos Kammenos on Friday said in statements to MEGA TV.
Kammenos, who is also leader of the junior coalition partner, the Independent Greeks (ANEL), underlined that the government will not back down on the negotiations as it has already made enough concessions and offered a solution within the popular mandate.
He also underlined that the “deal has to include measures that will render the debt sustainable so that Greece can enter a growth course” adding that the government has not accepted the abolition of lower VAT on islands.
The minister reassured that the government’s intention is to keep the country in the eurozone. “We have no intention of exiting the eurozone even though some would like us to do so,” he said and added: “It seems as if there are two policy lines in Germany. It is Merkel’s line and it is Schaeuble’s line.”