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Greece: Strategic partnership agreement with France, indefinite renewal of defense agreement with US

The strengthening of bilateral ties between Greece and France was confirmed by the signing of the defense agreement, which took place yesterday in Paris in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

According to the Greek Prime Minister, who today informed the President of the Hellenic Republic Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou about what happened in Paris, he noted that “first the fact that we have an agreement with a very strong mutual defense clause, which goes beyond and above the collective support commitments that exist in both NATO and the Treaties of the European Union.

The second element, according to the Prime Minister, is that the Armed Forces are taking the latest French frigates, and our choice was greatly influenced by the Navy recommendation. We believe we have the best ships at the best possible price.

Basically, making a choice that will modernize our fleet for many decades to come and give us very significant operational skills in Eastern Mediterranean theater, but not only.

And the third dimension of this agreement, as Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the President of the Republic, is that in my opinion it is a model for a more systematic cooperation between European states to put into practice the objective of European strategic autonomy at the same time as Europe in the end it must align its geopolitical power with its economic power ”.

Through the agreement, Greece will receive 3 FDI HN (Hellenic Navy) frigates, with a configuration chosen by the Greek Navy, which is stronger than the French one. The ship belongs to the next generation of “digital” frigates and is equipped with the most advanced SeaFire radar. The latter is combined with the most advanced ASTER 30 anti-aircraft missiles, in their latest version. The SeaFire / ASTER 30 combination will provide area air protection for Fleet units at distances greater than 100 kilometers, while also providing Anti-Ballistic capability. The armament is complemented by a 76 mm advanced weapon and a 21-missile RAM system, which completes the ship’s anti-aircraft / anti-aircraft shield.

In addition, the Agreement contains (Article 2) a mutual defense assistance clause in case one of the two countries is attacked on its territory but leaves out the continental shelf, EEZ, exploration and mining.

This agreement is reinforced by the update of the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US, which is expected to be signed in October in Washington by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. According to the State Department, the update will take the form of an indefinite extension of the agreement, which is the first time this has happened, as the agreement was renewed every year.ibna

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