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Greece To Expand Military Cooperation With United States

Greece is scheduling to expand its current defence cooperation with the United States or will be signing a new one, as told by its Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to the parliament in the late October session. 

Dendias told the parliament, “We will almost immediately begin a dialogue on the expansion of the MDCA or signing of a new agreement.”

Signing of MDCA:

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In October 2019, the two countries had signed a new Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement (MDCA). It envisioned the expansion of the US naval base at the Souda Bay on Crete and the US was to create drone bases and permanent helicopter training facilities in central Greece with airbases of Stefanovikeio and Larissa along with port of Alexandroupoli to support NATO allies Bulgaria and Romania. 

Now Greece in moving on its way to expand this deal or sign a new one so as to take the defence relations between the two countries to its peak point.

Foreign Minister said, “Concerning the US…. I think that the strengthening (of relations) with Greece is evident for all of you. I have met with (US Secretary of State Mike) Pompeo six times and once via video conference. I do not think that it had happened in the Greek history before.”

US- Greece Relations:

As stressed by the foreign minister Nikos, the US -Greek relations have reached to an unparalleled level. With these amplifying relations also comes the role of Turkey. It is believed that Washington is all set to relocate its key military assets from Turkey’s southern Incirlik air base to the Greek island of Crete in an ostensible sign of its frustration with the Ankara’s regional adventurism. Ankara had announced the start of seismic research activities in the area, a mere 7.5 miles from the Greek island of Kastellorizo, that Athens says belongs to its continental shelf. 

As the US-Greece relations are witnessing a historical high, on the contrary Greece Turkey relations are straining considerably. Also, the US-Turkey dispute is widening with Turkey’s persistence in keeping the Russian made S-400 missile defence system despite warnings from the West. 

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