Firing Line: Iran Warns Greece Against US Use of Military Bases

File- Protesters demonstrate in Tehran, Iran, on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, against the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

ATHENS – Iran said it will react against Greece “in a clear and decisive manner” if the New Democracy government allows the United States to use bases in the country if there’s a conflict, and would consider it a “hostile act.”

Unspoken was that Greece could be caught up in battles or a war between Iran and the United States, putting Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a tough spot after just meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, seeking American backing against Turkish aggression in the seas.

Through its embassy in the Greek capital, the Iranians were responding to an article in the newspaper Kathimerini on Jan. 6 – a day before Mitsotakis met Trump – which stated that “Greece will have some involvement” in case of a US operation against Iran, “though not with a warship … due to the extremely fragile balance” in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The same article said that the US Armed Forces are boosting their presence in their military base in Souda, Crete, near where Turkey said it plans to drill for oil and gas after signing a deal with Libya dividing the seas between them.

The US and Greece last year renewed a military cooperation deal and conducted a US-Greece Strategic Dialogue, with links between the countries said the closest ever and the US considering Greece an ally and in a key geopolitical position in the region.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has made it very clear that in the event of a US-led war against the country, the concession of [military] bases by any country to the American invader will be considered a hostile act and Iran reserves the right to respond in a clear and decisive manner,” the Iranian embassy in Athens said in a letter sent to Kathimerini.

“Given the friendly, traditional and historical relations between the two countries, Iran and Greece, and the absence of any differences or tension between them in recent centuries, we believe that this statement cannot be the official position of the Greek government and our friendly and historical relations will continue in the future,” it added.

While stated diplomatically, it could be seen as a clear threat that Iran will retaliate militarily against Greece if the US uses its own base at Souda Bay or Greek bases where the US had troops and drones and other military facilities and operations.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias admitted in a TV interview that Iran had lodged a demarche to the Greek government over the comments made by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made in the US the American assassination of an Iranian General.

“Indeed, there has been a protest on the part of Iran,” Dendias told Open TV but claimed he had not seen the text of the demarche then and that he would speak on the phone with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, who asked for a discussion.

Asked about Greece’s view on the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani during an event at the Atlantic Forum, Mitsotakis said: “We are allies with the US, so we stand by our allies through difficult times. I understand this particular decision was taken by taking into consideration what is the US national interest and we stand by that decision.

“At the same time, one needs to be fully aware of the fact that there is broader concern in the region about a possible escalation and I think efforts should be made … to move towards moves that will deescalate the overall tension and hope that this is a message that will be received by everyone.”

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  1. iT IS TIME FOR SNAP ELECTIONS ..TO REMOVE ANOTHER TRAITOR TO GREECE , THE RULING RIGHT WING GOVERNMENT OF GREECE AND AMERICA!

    THE NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY LEADER OF A SOVEREIGN NATIOS IS “TO SECURE THE PEACE AND SAFETY OF THE GREEK POPULATION OF GREECE”

    MISTOTAKIS ..IN REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, NOW ACKNOWLEDGED AND DECLARED …STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM …THE.UNITED STATES AND THE APARTHEID STATE OF ISRAEL WHICH IS TO PROVOKE WARS THRUOUT THE MIDDLE EAST, AND NOW STARTING A WAR WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION BY THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA AND GREECE, WITH THE COUNTRIES OF IRAN …AND IRAQ… “WHICH NOW EVOKES WAR ON THE PEOPLE OF GREECE AND HARM”

    .MIstotakis and the government of Greece have not only recklessly made the international community and Greece more dangerous and closer to wars,,,he has legitimized the invasions and occupations of Cyprus , Syria , and claimed territories of Greece by Edrogan and Trump! …

    MISTOTAKIS PUBLICALLY ENDORSES DONALD TRUMP, AN IMPEACHED PRESIDENT, A 3 TIME WAR CRIMINAL, IN THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ, ASSASSINATIONS, ACTS OF WAR ..WAR CRIMES, LIES, AND NOW VIOLATING THE INTERNATIONAL LAWS OF THE UN CHARTER PERTAINING TO THE SOVEREIGNTY OF IRAQ whose government has appealed to the UN .to remove US bases and troops immediately from Iraq on the bases they threaten the lives of Iraqis by using U.S bases in Iraq to launch wars of aggression against foreign countries ..NOT ENEMIES OF IRAQ!

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      Sort of what U.S and Nato puppets like Mistotakis and Anastasiades allow every day .from U.S bases in Greece, and British bases in Cyprus against foreign countries like Iraq, Syria, Yemen , libya ..all war crimes genocide of Non Anglo Evangelcial white supremacist of U.S and Britain!
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      FUTHERMORE, he now..makes Americas enemies , those of Greece..like libya, Syria, Iraq, Afganistan, Yemen, Iran , Russia, and of course Donald Trumps best Friend and considered by Donald ..as just a nice guy ..and Great leader….Edrogan of Turkey! …

      MISTOTAKIS..HAS NOW LEGITIMIZED EDROGANS ASSASSINATIONS, WARS AND OCCUPATIONS IN CYPRUS , GREECE, SYRIA , AND LIBYA..AS ACTS TO SECURE THE SAFETY OF TURKISH TROOPS,, NO DIFFERENT THAT THE ACTS OF TRUMP!

      EDROGAN , MUST BE LAUGHING AND HAVING A FEW DRINKS WITH DONNIE EXCHANGING WAR CRIMES IN SYRIA , CYPRUS AND IRAN AND TOASTING THE GREEK GOVERNMENT FOR BUYING THEIR LIES OF WARS!

      HAVE NOT THE RULING PARTIES OF NAT GREECE ALSO LIE WITH THE US GOVERNMENT TO WAGE WAR THRUOUT THE MIDDLE EAST THAT KILLED 4 MILLION CITIZENS AND SPONSORED SUNNI MUSLIM TERRORIST JIHADIST AND AL QUEDA PROXY ARMIES TO OVERTHROW THE ELECTED LEADERS OF THE MIDDLE EAST NOT WILLING LIKE TSIPRAS AND MISTOTAKIS TO SURRENDER THEIR SOVEREIGNTY ALL BASED ON PROVEN LIES!

      IT WAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ,WHO PUBLICALLY CONFESSED AND INDICTED U.S AND NATO GREECE IN FOR WAR CRIMES THRUOUT THE MIDDLE EAST, UKRAINE AND YUGOSLAVIA WITH SAUDI ARABIA AND TURKEY

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    TWEET FROM DONALD TRUMP ..NOT REPORTED BY MAIN STREAM CORRUPT ACCOMPLICES STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM …FOX NEWS, CNN , AND ASSOCIATED PRESS!

    ” US Killed Millions in War Based on Lies . “We went to war under a false & now disproved premise,
    “The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East.

    Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!

    ” We went to war under a false & now disproved premise”

    MISTOTAKIS ENDORSED AND BEEN PART OF TRUMP AND TURKEY ‘S WAR CRIMES ….UNDER FALSE AND NOW DISPROVED PREMISES…ALL TO BE GOVERNOR OF GREECE..REPORTING TO GEOFFREY PYATT .. THE FORMER LEADER OF THE UKRAINE AND NOW MISTOTAKIS’S LEADER OF GREECE!

    A MONSTER HAS BEEN UNLEACHED ..AND IT IS TIME ..HUMANITY SAY NO ..TO DEGENERATE SADIST UNSEEN ON THIS EARTH EVER BEFORE …WHO EVOKE WAR ON AMERICAN SERVICEMEN AND FAMILIES, AND FOREIGN CITIZENS OF THE WORLD!

    MISTOTAKIS SHOULD BE REMOVED FOR DERELICTION TO SECURE THE PEACE AND SECURITY OF THE POPULACE OF GREECE …AND EVOKE WAR ON THEM!

    REMOVE ALL FOREIGN BASES AND REMOVE GREECE FROM U.S LED NATO AND EU.. DO NOT BUY INTO THE PROTECTION RACKET OF U.S AND NATO ..WHICH MERELY PROTECTS THERE POLITICAL TRAITORS , NOT THE PEOPLE OF GREECE!

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