Greek Defense Chief Says Relations With Allies, NATO Great

FILE - Greek defense chief Evangelos Apostolakis during a NATO meeting in Brussel. (Photo by Eurokinissi/NATO)

ATHENS – Without mentioning Turkish provocations in the Aegean and East Mediterranean and growing tensions with a NATO partner, Greek Defense Minister  Evangelos Apostolakis said relations with allies are “at an excellent level.”

He didn’t talk like than when he was head of the Greek Armed Forces as the country’s top naval officer and in December, 2018 said if Turkish forces land on Greek islet they will be squashed.

“If they land on an islet, we will flatten it. And this is a red line that is adopted by the government as well,” he told journalists during a briefing in Athens.

He said that if Greece ever had to defend itself, it would fight alone. “Our effort focuses on not having to reach that point. With the US and the European Union we want to ensure that the Turks will not go that far,” he added.

NATO said it wants no part of the tension between the countries and has said nothing as Turkey keeps sending fighter jets to violate Greek air space, with the number of sorties picking up, and also having warships go past Greek islands

During a visit to a Greek air base in Larissa in central Greece, where the United States wants to position more weapons, he said that,“We are trying to take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to us in order to increase our operational capabilities, in cooperation with the armed forces of other countries.”

Asked whether the Larissa facility may be used by the US Air Force as a base for it Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, Apostolakis said that “various propositions are being examined,” but did not provide details, said Kathimerini.

His comments came after reports that Greece was looking at American interests in expanding its military presence in the country with Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras backing away from his former anti-American, anti-NATO stance.

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  1. Nato relations great, while Nato Ally Turkey violates the airspace of Greece and threatens her everyday, and U.S and Nato, has come to the aid of Greece by punishing Turkey for not buying more lethal aircraft and military equipment from military contractors of the U.S, for buying oil and gas from Iran and Russia,for not cooperating with Israel and U.S to partition Syria, and interfering with Israel and U.S oil interests in Cyprus!

    Everything is just great in La, La, Land …Nato!

    Apparently, Apostolakis is not aware that he and his Nato war mongers are considered by the International Criminal court ..War Criminals!

    Nato is simply, a U.S run military alliance to support U.S interests to control the independent countries of the world …as we have seen thruout the Middle East! The “War on Terrorism” is a hoax… to illegally invade and occupy countries not compliant to U. S .and Nato control with allies Israel and Saudi Arabia!

    Today, a Judge for the International Criminal Court..has resigned..because he is subject to economic sanctions and other personal threats by the U.S fascist regime…….

    The international court prosecutor’s office says it has “reasonable basis” to believe that “war crimes and crimes against humanity” were, and continue to be, committed by U.S, and Nato forces in Afghanistan and abroad in other countries!

    The U.S Nato Ally of Greece and Cyprus, will also punish the IOC..for exposing their international crimes!

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