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FM Dendias: “Upgrade of Turkish arsenal by USA is a problem for Greece”

“The upgrade of Turkish arsenal by the USA is a problem,” Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told the Parliament on Thursday, during the debate on the Mutual Defense Agreement between Greece and the USA scheduled to be ratified today.

In the shadow of the “rumored” decision of the Biden administration to ask the Congress to approve the upgrade of the Turkish F-16 fleet, Dendias said “the information we have is that a pre-notification was sent not for new aircraft, but for radar and missiles.”

He added that this did not concern an operation.

The Wall Street Journal revealed on Wednesday about the upgrade of the missiles air-to-air Amraam and Sidewinder as well as radar worth 400 million US Dollars, arsenal essential for the support of the existing Turkish F-16 fleet.

The WSJ revelations came just days before Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis leaves for Washington for a meeting with President Joe Biden and therefore stirred the Greek opposition..

Left-wing SYRIZA accused in a statement PM Mitsotakis that “he pursues =against the interests of Greek people – the most dangerous foreign policy since 1974, at the most critical moment for the developments in our wider region.”

Criticism came also from socialist KINAl with some veteran MP saying that this development would determine his stance in today’s vote.

Dendias stressed that “the upgrade of the Turkish arsenal is a problem”, as Ankara has issued a threat of war against Greece and is violating the country’s sovereignty.

“The government’s position is clear, No, as we say No to German submarines in Turkey, we will express this view with the support of all parties,” he said, adding that Parliament rejected the agreement proposed by the government.

Referring to the Turkish overflights, The Greek FM said that they are unacceptable, as well as the airspace violations because they are a challenge to national sovereignty and an imposition effort in the late Turkish campaign for demilitarization of the islands, which the State Department has condemned.

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  1. These are not loyal partners with principles. Neither is Germany selling them submarines on the basis of if they don’t some one else will.

    They are not looking after kindred Greece by selling arms to an autocrat violating international law.

    Greece can not host such back stabbers. Ids this the thanks for hosting them at Souda or Alexandroupoli or is this blackmail for sovereignty making them no better than Russia.

    When arming Greece’s adversary, and should reexamine its alliance with NATO with such disregard for Greece’s interests.

    This is pressing, as much as 1974’s invasion of Cyprus which still presents an issue for their past neglect. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Friends like this, who needs enemies.

    Shame on them! Greece should have known when they were willing to sell them F35s let alone help build them there. It seems that tiny Greece does not have enough to offer, it is constantly patronizing bullies for its very existence, survival, and so called independence.