Cozy With Tsipras, US Wants More Weapons Systems in Greece

FILE - Military Parade in Athens marks Greece Independence Day, March 25, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)

Having abandoned his anti-American, anti-NATO stance to get support for his reneging on anti-austerity promises and pressing reforms under a third bailout, Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras’ government is reportedly looking to allow a greater US military presence and additional weapons.

The countries are looking at what was called “flexible” options to further consolidate the presence of American weapons systems in Greece, Kathimerini said, including stationing more drones or flying tankers at the Greek military air base in Larissa.

With relations between the countries ironically said their best with the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA that is filled with vehement anti-Americans, the US also wants to increase its participation participation in Greek military exercises and to expand their scope.

The paper said that included the Iniohos military exercise which is expected to become a large-scale drill as US relations worsen with Turkey – despite having a base there – and with Turkey increasing violations of Greek airspace and waters and wanting to buy both US-made F-35 fighter jets and a Russian S-400 missile defense system.

With growing military cooperation, Greece now also expects American ships to dock more frequently at Aegean Sea ports, the paper said. The US operates a naval base at Souda Bay on Crete but is said to be eager to have another base, once unthinkable with Tsipras and SYRIZA railing at the Americans at their ideological enemy.

Besides US backing for his economic policy and a 180-degree turn from opposing austerity in order to get a third bailout from European creditors, this one for 86 billion euros ($97.18 billion) in the summer of 105, Tsipras reportedly hopes dealing with the Americans will help Greece gain a geopolitical advantage in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.

That comes as Greece, which had been wanting to upgrade its aging fleet of US F-16 fighter jets, was said to also be thinking of buying F-35’s to prevent Turkey from gaining a strategic The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act was submitted to the US Congress aiming to boost Greece and Cyprus, both militarily and diplomatically and a key Hellenophile and Cypriot backer, New Jersey Democratic US Senator Robert Menendez, came to Cyprus on an unofficial visit to press for an end to a US arms embargo there.

Discussions between Athens and Washington revolve around the Larissa military air base, where two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), MQ-9 Reaper-type drones, are currently stationed, the paper said.

It reported that with contract for their stay at the Larissa base expiring in August, two options are likely, one the possibility of stationing KC-135 tankers there, while the second sees replacement of the MQ-9 Reapers with other UAVs, namely Global Hawk RQ-4.

The use of the Stefanovikeio air base in central Greece by US helicopters is also expected to continue, with the ports of Alexandroupoli or Thessaloniki serving as stopovers for flights to eastern Europe with Greece trying to strike a balance between a tighter alliance with the US and keeping Turkey at bay.

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  1. Wiki leaks has released further video’s from the Iraq war which exposes the war crimes killing of not only civilians in Iraq, but a U.S journalist in a civilian market place of Iraq, during the occupation of Iraq by the U.S and English fascist regimes!

    The attacks in all of the Middle East by the U.S and Nato members have never been for defense..but for wars of aggression to take over the counties of the Middle East!

    From Cyprus, Nato member England and U.S , launched the war crimes bombing of Iraq, and Syria, who are not an enemies of Greece or Cyprus and continue to even threaten Russian troops in Syria fighting ISiS and Al Queda proxy armies of Saudi Arabia and the U.S!. ..

    The Russians have vowed to destroy these British bases , if any of their missiles harm any Russian military bases in Syria Therefore, the corrupt Greek Cypriot leaders have left Greek Cypriot citizens of Cyprus .. subject to catastrophic retaliatory destruction because of war crimes by the U.S and English bases in Cyprus!

    There once were great Greek leaders from Sparta, Macedonia and Athens who responded to a Persian Empire who also demanded to occupy the ” land and water” of Greece, and join them in their conquering the rest of the known world!

    But unlike Tsipras and MIstotakis.. these leaders did not surrender their country to stay in power to these New Persians from Washington!

    So Greeks in Greece and Cyprus join the Persians..or unite as one country!

  2. Yes fake lefty, Tsipras and Mistotakis are the same, give Greece away to anyone, EU, U.S., China, the Euro, etc…Kypros is just as bad been operating like a third world countrt past 30 yrs, for sale to highest bidder, let East Euros over run it, lets migrants storm its beaches, Banks Steal everything, Enosis is Cyprus only course….it is more of a failed state then greece. No More Foreign Bases In Greece…No More SYRIZA and ND in Greece…..

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