As Greece looks set to miss a key reform deadline set by international lenders, which could jeopardize further financial aid, a Greek government minister said it wasn't Greece's fault that it couldn't live up to the demands of a flawed bailout program.
"There are failures [by Greece],but you assume that the program that has been effectively imposed on us is perfect, which is far from the case," Nikos Dendias, minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection, told CNBC on Thursday.
His comments come after Greek finance ministry officials said on Wednesday that Greece would not meet targets on reforming its public sector by the deadline set by international lenders, putting further financial aid in jeopardy.
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The "troika" of lenders - the European Union, European Central bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) threatened to hold back a further 8.1 billion euros ($10.5 billion) of aid unless it meets its bailout obligations by Monday, when euro zone finance ministers meet.
Dendias told CNBC Europe's "Squawk Box" that the bailout program had been criticized by the IMF and governments around the world and that Greece was doing its best.
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"The plan is hardly our fault. We're co-responsible in a sense [for Greek debt levels before the bailout] but I'm sure that the European institutions saw a bubble being created in Greece and nobody really warned us about being more careful. I'm not saying we're not at fault, but there are others at fault."
"I see Europe as a family and as European friends and partners, so it's everybody's fault. But the main question is how we go forward, not to start a blame game…We will do better in the future I am confident about that," he added.