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Legislation to bolster US defense partnership with Greece, F-35 sale and loans

U.S. senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez introduce legislation for major boost of deference partnership with Greece. Proposed is the sale of F-35 fighter jets originally planned for Turkey.

Titled the US-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021, the bipartisan legislation bolsters support for Greek military modernization, authorizing new transfers of American military equipment, and fostering increased multilateral engagement among Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and the United States.

“As a reliable NATO ally, Greece plays a critical role in promoting security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean. The 200th anniversary of Greek independence reminds us of the long history of US-Greece cooperation based on our shared commitment to democratic values, and we must continue building that cooperation in the years to come,” said Chairman Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“In order to ensure that the Eastern Mediterranean remains secure, the US must bolster its defense relationship with Greece by supporting Greece’s efforts to modernize its armed forces. This legislation seeks to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the US and Greece in order to advance our shared values, promote security cooperation, and support a secure Eastern Mediterranean for years to come.”

Apart from the “shared values” and the other noble aims, the legislation also includes loans to Greece in order to be able to “build this wonderful cooperation” between the two countries.

via ap

Full Document of Legislation here

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  1. well now we know where all that fresh money from the bond sales can go!
    cha-ching! but we’re raising your property assessments (and a ton of taxes) because you know it’s public debt. your grandchildren owe us for those F35’s, they werent cheap ya know!
    meanwhile the actual army has 40 year old worn out rifles, no ammunition, not even toilet paper on the military bases (everyone buys and carries his own!)

  2. More loans forced on Greece.

    To pay for the worst , most expensive, most catastrophically engineered airplane in the world.
    We thought we’d sidestepped this disaster!

  3. The only reason given for the purchase of all these weapons is security? Really? Personally, I think the more weapons a country has, the more likely they are to use them. (Same philosophy as gun fatalities in the USA. They usually occur when a family owns a gun).

    What I do see is extreme alignment between Greece and Israel lately, and I wonder where it will lead.