US Denies Russian Claims American Military Buildup at Greek Ports

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The Pentagon said reports by Russia that the United States is conducting a military buildup at Greek ports are wrong and that the activities are just part of regular exercises with a NATO ally although the Greek government is looking at increasing an American military presence in the country.

“We regularly conduct these kinds of operations with partner nations and NATO Allies to enhance interoperability and strengthen relationships and the Greek port is a key route of entry to the Balkan and southern European countries where the nine exercises will be held,” agency spokesperson Eric Pahon said in a statement.

“Russian propaganda claims that the U.S. is conducting a ‘buildup’ in Greece are completely false and are designed to drive a wedge between the U.S., Turkey and Greece,” the Turkish Anadolu News Agency reported.

That comes as tension is rising between Greece and Turkey over Turkish provocations in the Aegean and East Mediterranean, and between the US and Turkey, which wants to buy both Russian S-400 missile defense systems that could compromise NATO defenses, and US-made F-35 fighter jets that could be used against Greece.

Turkey regularly violates Greek airspace and waters with fighter jets and warships and has sent two energy research vessels and a warship into Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) where foreign companies were licensed to drill for oil and gas, including the US’ ExxonMobil, which reported a big gas find field.

Despite the Pentagon’s denial, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said last September the U.S. was looking to boost its military presence in Greece by increasing the number of bases and ports.

Turkey and Greece both belong to NATO but the defense alliance said it wants no part of the tangling between the countries over sovereignty disputes of waters and islands and borders either.

A Turkish defense delegation went to Athens earlier for a technical meeting with Greek officials meant to enhance cooperation in confidence-building measures and the code of conduct in the Aegean Sea but that led to no resolution of the dispute.

The Pentagon said the Russians were trying to impose a campaign to divide NATO allies and will remain on alert to seek any other attempts, said Anadolu.

“We are clear-eyed and aware the Russians seek to use lies and disinformation to fracture relationships between Allies, and we will remain vigilant in pointing out these falsehoods as they occur,” Pahon said.

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  1. I guess the Russians were telling the truth…and I wonder if Tsipras has advised the people of Greece..who to my knowledge elected him to close US and Nato bases..not increase them…as follows:

    Despite the Pentagon’s denial, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said last September the U.S. was looking to boost its military presence in Greece by increasing the number of bases and ports.

    These Generals cannot remember all the lies they tell the world…and the latest was in sending an armada of Naval ships to allegedly confront Iran…based on rumors that Iran or its militia demonstrating activities which could threaten American interests!

    The problem is non of the other Nato forces in and around Iran ,Syria, Lebanon or Iraq…noted any strange activities…and embarrassed the war criminal General ..by publicly refuting his claims!

    And maybe ,TNH, can advise the people of Cyprus, that the other Greek sellout leader of Cyprus is escorting another fleet of U.S ships with their captains from Exxon Mobil oil.to put oil rigs on the shore of Cyprus which are banned from most of the entire East and West Coast of America because of the catastrophic damage they create in destroying the fishing, recreation, beaches, marine life , hotel , restaurant and all service industries of their coastline! Most people like olive oil on their fish, not black oil!

    Apparently, the pristine waters, beaches and tourist of Cyprus are considered collateral damage !

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