It is a multibillion-dollar defense agreement, one signed by France and Greece. The pact will allow states to assist each other in the event of any external threat.
The details were presented by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and this comes at a time when tensions with Turkey have risen sharply.
“For the first time, it has been clearly and explicitly stated that there will be military assistance in the event of a third party attacking one of the two states,” said Prime Minister Mitsotakis.
NATO allies Greece and France reached a strategic military-defense co-operation pact last month, which includes a three-billion-euro order for three French warships. Earlier this year, Athens ordered 24 Dassault-built fighter jets.
The Greek government claims that this weapon is entirely for self-defense. “Greece is taking a new direction, it does not threaten, but neither is it threatened, on the contrary, it is expanding its alliances, with international law as a guide.”
During his speech in parliament, the Greek Prime Minister said that it is known who is threatening war in the Mediterranean, clearly referring to Turkey. Despite the fact that both neighboring countries are allies in NATO, there is often harsh rhetoric between them due to disputes over maritime borders and the right to use energy resources.
The latest escalation of tensions has alarmed the international community immensely, and the parties are currently engaged in a dialogue process to normalize relations.
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