After breaking the geopolitical fault lines in the eastern Mediterranean Greece, on the other hand its allies on the one hand while participating in the joint NATO military exercise with Turkey, the US and Saudi Arabia is taking new steps.
Italy will begin tomorrow in open Manta-2021 NATO exercise Dynamic Turkey, Greece, USA, Germany, France, ranks countries like Belgium and Italy. The Turkish army participates in the torso show with a frigate and a submarine.
Greek media wrote that for the first time since the crisis that broke out in the Eastern Mediterranean in the summer of 2020, the submarines of the two countries will move together in the Mediterranean and the Greek army will take part in exercises with four submarines.
New Post publication, late last summer images by Turkey shared Greek submarines used a provocative phrase to participate in the exercise: “Turkey will have the Aegean and the nightmare in the eastern Mediterranean the opportunity to see closely in Sicily.”
OFFER FROM PENTAGON TO ATHENS
Greece also continues its exercises with its close ally, the United States, in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Euro-African Navy of the USA announced that the USS Porter destroyer was conducting an exercise with Greek air and sea elements.
Photographs of the exercise, which took place in the south of Crete Island, in which the Greek army took part with a frigate, a submarine and four F-16 warplanes, were shared by both the Pentagon and Athens on their official websites.
According to To Vima’s report, Washington is asking Athens to renew the “Joint Defense and Cooperation Agreement” for five years instead of one. For this, Greece is struggling to convince Turkey’s direction is equivalent to geopolitical weight.
SAUDI ARABIA IN SERVICE WITH THE PATRIOTS
The missile deal made by Greece with Saudi Arabia, which brought together many countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain in Athens on February 11, is also on the agenda of the Greek media.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced that the Athens and Riyadh administrations will sign an agreement for the purchase of Patriot missile defense batteries held by Saudi Arabia.
The Greek media wrote that Dendias would soon fly to Riyadh and that the agreement would be signed. According to reports, the Patriot transfer came to the fore during Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Ferhan’s visit to Athens.
Because of the pandemic, the parties did not take a step, but at the Philia Forum (Friendship Forum) on February 11, Saudi Minister Ferhan once again came to Athens to discuss the missiles with his counterpart Dendias. 40 Greek officials will go to Saudi Arabia for US-produced Patriot batteries with a range of 150 kilometers. Riyadh administration is not expected to announce how much the missiles will be sold for.
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