Greece and France sign "historic" defense deal as Athens purchases warships


Manage episode 303368320 series 2631806
By Hellenic Leaders and The Hellenic American Leadership Council. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Greece sealed an arms deal with France on Tuesday for the purchase of frigates worth about 3 billion euros. The agreement is part of a broader defense and security strategic partnership pact that includes a clause on mutual defense assistance and which French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described as “historic”. The two leaders announced the deal together in Paris, and both made a point to stress that in addition to strengthening cooperation in the region and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both countries, the deal is also an important step towards European strategic autonomy.

Vassilis Nedos, Kathimerini’s diplomatic and defense editor, joins our host Thanos Davelis to break down this “historic” deal between Greece and France.

Read Vassilis Nedos latest piece in Kathimerini English Edition: New power balance in East Med with French frigates, corvettes deal

You can read the articles we discuss on our podcast here:

Greece, France tout European defence autonomy with warships deal

France inks Greek defense deal after losing sub contract

Flake to push Turkey to reject Russian missile defense system

Watch the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Jeff Flake’s nomination

Anastasiades: Creative meeting with Tatar, differences recorded

With lunch invite, UN chief tries to restart Cyprus talks

435 episodes