Athens buys frigates and Rafale

The contracts are part of a strategic and military partnership agreement with France.

France and Greece, both members of NATO, are strengthening their ties. The two countries announced the signing, Tuesday, September 29, of a strategic cooperation partnership in defense and security. It represents a “First daring step towards European strategic autonomy”, declared Emmanuel Macron, in the presence of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. A project that France is trying to push on the Old Continent in the face of the refocusing of American strategic priorities towards China. This agreement “Is the result of a relationship which has intensified in recent years and of our work, especially in recent weeks”, specifies the Head of State.

In the summer of 2020, the incidents in the eastern Mediterranean brought France and Greece closer together. Turkey was then leading gas exploration campaigns in the eastern Mediterranean, in waters disputed by Greece and Cyprus, causing great tension with Athens. Greece had found itself well

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