Amid Iranian Tanker Tension, Greece Wants Extended US Defense Deal

Renamed Adrian Aryra 1 super tanker hosting an Iranian flag sails in the waters in the British territory of Gibraltar, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno, File)

ATHENS – With tension on the high seas as the United States warned Greece not to let a sanctioned Iranian tanker dock or offload its oil to another vessel, Greece wants to extend a defense agreement with Washington, also known as the Souda Agreement, by a year.

That would be done when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits in the autumn, said Kathimerini, the details coming out after a meeting in Greece’s capital between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and US House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey.

Also discussed was the likelihood of a meeting between the newly-elected Mitsotakis and US President Donald Trump in September on the sidelines of the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

Lowey also met with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his deputy Antonis Diamataris for talks that reportedly focused on areas of the US-Greece Strategic Dialogue and efforts to promote common interests in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

In a tweet, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt, who was at both meetings, said the discussion with Dendias focused on “progress in all areas of the US-Greece Strategic Dialogue and the commitment of both our governments to do even more to promote common interests in the EastMed and strengthen Greece as regional pillar of stability.”

Greece wants to tighten relations with the US after the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA leader and then-Premier Alexis Tsipras changed his anti-American tune to embrace the idea of a greater US military presence in the country after saying he would end it.

With Turkey ratcheting up anxiety in the Aegean and East Mediterranean and its relations worsening with the US, Greece is eager to keep the Americans as close allies with fears of a conflict sporadically being raised and Turkey buying a Russian S-400 missile defense system.


  1. How pathetic.are the Greeks. and now laughing stock of the international community of Nations including EU member countries for allowing themselves to be blackmailed and threatened with Economic Sanctions and warfare by being designated a Terrorist state by the now acknowledged fascist regime of mobsters and fascist ..that now run America!

    Mistotakis and Diamataris,the new lunatic right wing aristocrats from the Glory to America Greek Secret Societies of America, who would serve Adolph Hitler ..if he happened to be running America, which most people believe Donald Trump in now, .have made Greece criminally accessories to breaking international laws of the UN. EU , and the again wage war on a foreign country.,who is not an enemy of Greece, but only the United States and Israel!

    Only a card carrying Nazi collaborator and traitor to Greece, like Mussolini in Italy did with Nazi Germany, ..would blatantly, in front of the entire world, commit their country to supporting the economic, political, and military warfare of the United States against Iran.who has not broken internationals and as a matter of fact is complying with an International agreement signed off by the EU and U.S which prohibits the development of Nuclear weapons by Iran!

    However, the U.S has breeched this agreement of the international community, and torn it wage war on Iran, because BiBi Netanyahue and Ahepan Robert Menendez demanded we American wage war on their enemies!

  2. Cont..

    Only white supremacist Nazi collaborators and traitors would then blatantly, tell Greeks and the world, that they officially came out of the closet .. and declared Greece a U.S protectorate nation, like Puerto Rico…and turn over the keys of Greek sovereignty to a bunch of lunatic fascist Nazi’s waging war on the world!

    Greece is now partners in US waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland wars, and environmental wars on multiple fronts worldwide — ordinary people everywhere the losers. New wars could erupt without warning. The threat of possible nuclear war is ominously real by accident or design!

    Today.a U.S and Turkish truck convoy of weapons and ammunition have been bombed by Syiran air force , which were destined for the Al Queda terrorist jihadist to fight advancing Syrian forces looking to liberate Idlib from the proxy armies of Turkey , who with the U.S ,in failing to overthrow the Syrian Government, want to annex Northern Syria! Syria is doing what the Greek Cypriots did not do in Northern Cyprus repel the Turks and their ally U.S in Northern Syria!

    These are the State Sponsors of Terrorism..not Iran or Greece!

    Which now means ..that Mistotakis is now partners with Mike Pompeo and Edrogan in supporting their proxy terrorist armies in Syria!

    Degenerate traitors!

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