New Democracy Says Greek Links to US Never Better Now

President Donald Trump with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis before the meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Washington.

ATHENS – Relations with the United States are at their best, New Democracy spokesman Stelios Petsas said before Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met US President Donald Trump in Washington, after the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA had said the same.

Speaking to Greek state broadcaster ERT, Petsas said Greece wanted the United States, after the two countries last year renewed a military cooperation agreement had held a US-Greece Strategic Dialogue, wanted stronger US backing against Turkish provocations.

Turkey, already drilling for oil and gas in Cypriot waters, signed a deal with Libya dividing the seas between them, with Turkey claiming waters near major Greek islands such as Rhodes and planning to put energy research ships off Crete, where the US Navy has a base in Souda Bay.

Petsas said that the United States has stopped trying to maintain an equal distance between Greece and Turkey, and is “dealing with Turkish provocations with determination,” although Trump said he considers Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a friend.

Turkey though has been rebuffed in its attempt to buy US-made F-35 fighter jets after buying a Russian S-400 missile defense system that could compromise the defenses of NATO, to which Greece, the US and Turkey belong.

Petsas, reiterating what Mitsotakis had said, condemned the Turkey-Libya deal and said Greece was trying to build an international alliance to “diplomatically isolate” Turkey although Erdogan has shown disdain for attempts to do that, ignoring calls from Cyprus, Greece and the US to stop drilling off Cyprus and continuing to have Turkish fighter jets and warships violate Greek airspace and waters.

While Greece wants to upgrade its American F-16 fighter jets and French Mirage fighters, Petsas said there’s also interest in getting F-35s after critics said Turkey could have used them against Greece in a conflict.

Petsas said taking part in the F-35 program could be done “on the condition that it is on terms that we can meet financially,” the country making a slow recovery from a near-decade long economic and austerity crisis.

Greece, Petsas stressed, has no intention of “engaging in an arms race” with Turkey and will always keep the lines of communication between the two countries open, so that there can be, “if Turkey so desires, a stable relationship between us.”

“On the other hand, we cannot leave Greece without the forces it needs so that it is always able to do what it must to defend its sovereign rights,” he also added.

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  1. This is hilarious …after committing what eclipse even the killing of millions in the Middle East by the Butchers of Washington…and demonstrating that Washington is and has been an Organized Crime Family of the most degenerate race ever assembled in World History!

    We have for the first time in criminal history witnessed ..what equated to the ST Valentines Day Massacre of 12 opposing members of the Bugsy Segal Meyer Lanskey and Lucky Luciano crime families and founders of Murderers Inc, because they were cutting in on their territory and threatening to take a piece of their loot!

    The killing of military attaches from Iran and Iraq.. was a mob hit and based on lies! If they had evidence that the Iranian General was not a fighter against Terrorism , but a terrorist himself ..they could have just as easily arrested him ..and take him to the International Criminal Court at the Haque and like Nazi Germans ..be charged and found Guilty. of what the crazed Propaganda news media of Fox News claimed was the “the most dangerous man on earth” I thought Fox said it was Putin..and every other person just U.S and Fox news hate ..not the world!

    Therefore.. this guy Petras ..must be confessing that officially New Democracy leader and little Ceasar.. MIstotakis ..is linked to Organized Crime families of the U.S and Israel, who are orchestrating not only hits on Iran ..but Syria, Yemen with their mafia crime family of Saudi Arabia!

    And Greeks voted for him!

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