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74% of Greeks Disapprove of Government’s Handling of Ukraine Crisis, Majority Want Greece to be Neutral – Greek City Times

According to a poll, 74% of Greeks are unhappy with the government’s handling of the Ukrainian crisis.

According to a poll conducted by Public Issue in April, when asked how satisfied they were with the government’s stance on the Ukraine issue, 74% of respondents said they were dissatisfied, while 23% said they were satisfied. .

In March, 68% of people said they were dissatisfied while 29% said they were satisfied, marking a significant change in opinion in just a few weeks.

This change is not surprising since most people (at least 66%) were against sending weapons to Ukraine, fearing that they would end up in the hands of the neo-Nazi Azov battalion which persecutes ethnic Greeks in Mariupol since 2014.

This was later followed by the platform of a Greek member of the Azov Battalion in the Greek Parliament, which was widely condemned throughout Greece.

When asked what Greece’s position should be in the war against Ukraine, 20% answered with Ukraine, 4% with Russia and 71% answered neutral.

In the same poll conducted in March, 26% said Greece should side with Ukraine, 3% said on the side of Russia and 65% said neutral – demonstrating once again that within a few weeks even more Greeks are moving towards neutrality.

The War in Ukraine and Greek Public Opinion

When asked if they were impressed with Zelensky’s speech in parliament, 50% of respondents said “very bad”, 15% said “bad”, 16% said “neutral”, 7% said “good” and 4% said “very good”. ”

The War in Ukraine and Greek Public Opinion

Public issue conducted an online quantitative survey with a sample of 1,000 people aged 17 and over – April 2022.

Athens does not plan to send more military equipment to Ukraine, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said last week.

He said Greece’s defense of its own territory should not be weakened, especially on the islands, by sending more weapons.

“The defense equipment we sent to Ukraine came from our stocks. There is no problem sending more,” he told Greek lawmakers during a parliamentary discussion.

The Greek government has already sent two C-130 transport planes loaded with military aid, such as Kalashnikov rifles and portable rocket launchers, to Ukraine.

According to the poll conducted by MEGA TV a few weeks ago, 66% of Greeks do not agree with sending military equipment to Ukraine, and 29% agree with the government’s decision.

Panagiotopoulos also touched on relations with Turkey, saying: “Now is not the best time to speak against Turkey in NATO because the allies want to make sure that Turkey remains committed to NATO.”

READ MORE: Greek Azov Battalion member killed fighting Russian forces in Mariupol.