Statement of the Press office of the CC of KKE
The EastMed pipeline deal signed between Greece, Cyprus and Israel “only brings new dangers for the people” points out the statement of the Press office of the CC of KKE.
The KKE highlights the fact that the agreement over the gas pipeline, which was signed in Athens by Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Cyprus’ President Nikos Anastasiades, has no relation with the actual interests of the peoples of the region, but on the contrary constitutes part of the imperialist plans in the Eastern Mediterranean.
More specifically, the statement of the Press office of the CC of KKE stresses the following:
“The agreement between the governments of Greece- Israel-Cyprus and possibly with the addition of Italy, under the supervision of the US, over the “EastMed” pipeline for the transportation of natural gas from the Eastern Mediterranean to Europe, serves the energy giants and the imperialist plans and has no relation with the interests of our people and the other people in the region”.
The governmental actions, which are taking place in the name of confronting Turkey’s unacceptable demands in the Eastern Mediterranean, complicate even further the already tense situation that puts the country and the people at risk. They implicate our country even deeper in the Atlantic plans for the reduction of EU and Western Balkan dependence on Russian gas, in the “energy war” of the USA and Russia and Germany which is taking place on European soil. They also implicate our country in the conflicts between Israel and Lebanon and the Palestinian Authorities over sovereign rights in the Eastern Mediterranean.
We also point out that the government of ND, following SYRIZA’s unacceptable policy identically, is making an agreement without the proclamation of the EEZ having taken place, a move that is part of the policy of promoting co-exploitation through Hague arbitration.
The effort by the government and the other bourgeois parties to foster a sense of complacency must not pass.
Greece’s participation in one or the other energy pipeline, on behalf of the large business groups and geostrategic aspirations, neither brought nor will bring benefits for the working people, as the participation in the TAP pipeline has shown. The beneficiaries will be the large business groups which will be involved in the construction and management of the pipeline. The people, who are already paying many energy “taxes”, will continue to experience ‘energy poverty’, paying dearly for their needs. The risks for the marine environment from the mining and transport plans are already a matter of legal concern in countries such as Israel.
The alliances set up between Israel, Egypt, Cyprus or other states with the participation of the US and France, set the ground for an escalation of Turkish aggression in a “race” between the big interests. The strengthening of the US presence in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is also promoted by the US “East Med Act” fuels the vicious circle of imperialist competitions.
The developments of the previous period, from Cyprus to Libya, are instructive for anyone who still believes that Greece’s siding with the imperialist plans of the USA and Israel can constitute a shield for the protection of peace and sovereign rights against the aggression of the Turkish bourgeoisie.
The “EastMed Deal” is part of Mr. Mitsotakis’ ‘dowry’ on his US trip, for his meeting with Trump which leads to more dangerous commitments in the service of US – NATO imperialism, as it was proved with the SYRIZA government and the Greek-U.S. agreement on the bases which transforms Greece into a war base and a military target in a possible general military confrontation in the region.
The people need to draw the correct conclusions, and together with the KKE to strengthen their struggle against the anti-people policy that gives everything to capital, abolishing rights and implicating the country in imperialist plans, in order to form the conditions so that they become the owners of the wealth they produce and to utilize the energy resources for their own needs.”