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Greek MoD Dendias calls for “domestic defense industry”

Greece’s National Defense Minister Nikos Dendias called for the establishment of a domestic defense industry, since the country spends so much on armament. He stressed that it was intolerable that domestic defense industry production should be “zero or near zero” in a country that spends so much on weapons systems …

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Greek MOD on national sovereignty and the Lausanne Treaty

“Matters of national sovereignty cannot be the subject of a dialogue with any country,” National Defence Minister Nikos Dendias stressed on Monday, addressing a seminar on “The Lausanne Treaty: 100 years after its signing” held at the Officers’ Mess of the Armed Forces. “Any discussion between Greece and Turkiye and …

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Greek MoD calls for NATO unity in solidarity with Israel against Hamas

Greece’s Defense Minister Nikos Dendias has reaffirmed Greece’s solidarity with Israel in the wake of “Hamas’ barbaric attack,” urging all NATO alliance members to adopt a resolute position on the matter. In comments to journalists ahead of NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, Dendias emphasized that Greece understands …

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Ammunition explosions: Defense Minister requests safety plans for all military camps

Defense Minister Nikos Dendias announced on Friday morning that he has requested an urgent sworn investigation from the Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff regarding the massive ammunition explosions in a depot of 111 Combat Wing Air Base in central Greece on Thursday afternoon. “If there are any …

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Greece to further reinforce its defense capabilities, proceed with armament acquisition

Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos has clarified Greece’s decision to further reinforce its defensive capabilities. In an interview with Kathimerini Sunday edition, he said that “we can expect decisions on new corvettes, the acquisition of new guided missiles from Israel and upgrades of Block 50 F-16 fighter jets and Leopard battle …

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Greece receives first Rafale fighter jet at ceremony in France

Greece’s Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos visited France on Wednesday to attend the handover ceremony of the first of the 18 Rafale fighter jets that will join the Greek Air Force. Panagiotopoulos is accompanied by the Chief of the Defense General Staff General Konstantinos Floros and the Chief of the Defence …

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Defense Minister congratulates commander of frigate Limnos after collision with Kemal Reis

Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos on Tuesday congratulated the captain of Greek frigate Limnos that accidentally collided with Turkish frigate Kemal Reis during a standoff in the eastern Mediterranean last week. According to tovimaonline,  Minister Panagiotopoulos contacted Limnos Commander Ioannis Salaris via radio and congratulated him for his professionalism. “You’re a …

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Turkish fighter jets harass helicopter with Greek MoD onboard

Two Turkish fighter planes harassed the helicopter carrying Defense Minister, Nikoss Panagiotopoulos, and the Chief of  General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros, on Sunday morning. Greece’s top defense political and military leadership was visiting the islands of Oinousses, Agathonissi and Farmakonissi in the eastern Aegean Sea. The incident took place after …

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Greece’s Defense Minister warns Turkey of “military involvement”

Defense Minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos has warned Turkey that Greece is examining all possible scenarios to meet with its neighbor’s provocations and these included also “military involvement.” “If we need to respond, if we think the red lines have been crosses that means we are examining all scenarios, even that of …

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Greece to acquire 24 F-35 at a cost of $3billion, Defense Minister reveals

Defense Minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, revealed Greece’s armament plans following the official visit of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the White House. Greece plans to acquire 24 F-35 aircraft at a total cost of 3 billion USD including the infrastructure, proceed with the upgrade of 82 F-16 and possible purchase war …

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Defense Minister under fire for saying Armed Forces also in charge of “internal security”

Defense Minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, was forced to clarify the role of the Greek Armed Forces in the national security of the country. He came under the fire of opposition for having said during a debate in Parliament that “the Armed Forces were in charge for the external and the internal …

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“Hot incident with Turkey unlikely at this time,” says Defense Minister

A “hot incident with Turkey is unlikely at this time,” Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis said on Monday evening. In an interview with private ANT1 TV, Apostolakis said  that there is always the possibility that something happens with Greece’s neighboring country. “My point is, however, that it is not possible …

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Ex Defense Minister Papantoniou remanded in custody for bribes in frigates contract

After a marathon deposition of 20 hours, former Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou was remanded in custody late on Tuesday. Handcuffs were passed also to his wife Stavroula Kourakou. Both face charges for money laundering of 2.800.000 Swiss Francs (2.4 million euros) from kickbacks from the time he was Defense Minister …

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