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Greece, United Kingdom Also Want Closer Military Co-Operation

ATHENS – Greece’s reach out for defense alliances during Turkish provocations has also seen an agreement with the United Kingdom for military co-operation after a visit to England by Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos.

He signed a Joint Vision Statement (JVS) with UK Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, on a visit which included a Guard of Honour in London and a tour of HMS Diamond – a Royal Navy destroyer – at His Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth.

The JVS highlights the shared determination to work together to enhance resilience against all security threats and challenges in the Euro-Atlantic area, said the British government’s official website.

Wallace said, “This new joint defense and security agreement will promote greater UK-Greece collaboration and defense co-operation, helping us tackle shared security threats and challenges in the Euro-Atlantic.”

He said the two countries would collaborate and improve capabilities for NATO, including high readiness forces such as the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps but there was no indication of a mutual defense pact such as Greece has with France.

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