Greek Army Chief Gen. Floros Speaks with Top NATO Officials; Refers to Turkish Provocations

ATHENS – Τhe coronavirus crisis and NATO's role, the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the IAMD COE (Integrated Air Missile Defence Centre of Excellence) on Crete, as well as security and stability issues in the wider region of the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean dominated talks between Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDS) chief general Konstantinos Floros and the Chairman ΝΑΤΟ Military Committee – CMC Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) Lieutanant General Tim Radford held at their request, the HNDS announced on Friday.

They also discussed issues referring to the organisation of a NATO military committee summit in Athens in September 2021 and NATO's transformation for addressing the new defence and security challenges in the context of the Concept of Deterrence and Defense in the Euro-Atlantic Area that is now being established.

"The chief of the Greek General Staff referred to the recent escalation of the migration crisis in Evros and in the Aegean, resulting from the instrumentalisation of the phenomenon by Turkey, as well as Turkey's illegal behaviour in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, as expressed in violations of the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR), violations of national airspace and flights over Greek territory in Evros and over the islands, the infringement of the sea borders and illegal drilling and research in Greek waters and to other provocative actions, underlining the risk of an accident and its serious repercussions," said the announcement.

Additionally, Floros noted the unacceptable and in defiance of all reason harrasment of a helicopter carrying the Greek National Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos by Turkish fighter jets during his visit to remote Greek islands in the eastern Aegean.



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