Greece threatened Albania to block its accession process to the European Union.
The police detention of a Greek-born candidate running in Albania’s local elections on Sunday on vote-buying charges has strained Greek-Albanian relations.
Responding to the situation, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, “Albania’s path to the European Union is through respecting the rights of the Greek ethnic minority.”
It was announced that Greek politician Freddy Belleri, who ran for mayor of the Himara region in the south of the country and was detained on May 12, won the election race while he was in detention.
Welcoming the news of Pelleri’s victory, Mitsotakis said he believes that the problems facing the Greek politician will be resolved in a short time.
The Greek government also sent a note of protest to the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Albanian Foreign Minister Olta Saka stated that Pileri’s arrest was a judicial process and that the politician was arrested for criminal activity against free elections, and that he had difficulty understanding Greece’s position.
source: Balkan News
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