France Snags Deal to Supply Greece Warships, Mutual Defense Agreed

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In this photo provided on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, by the Greek Defense Ministry, worships from Greece, Italy, Cyprus and France, participate in a joint military exercise which was held from 26-28 of August, south of Turkey in eastern Mediterranean sea. (Greek Defense Ministry via AP)

PARIS -- Greece has reportedly picked France to supply more warships and Gowind-class corvettes for the Hellenic Navy as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

The deal, which will include a clause on mutual defense assistance, is expected to be announced on Sept. 28, said Kathimerin, although there were no details on the cost or if the United States' bid to sell warships was now off the table.

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos are expected to sign the the agreement in Paris. Greece has already agreed to buy 24 Rafale warplanes from French planemaker Dassault Aviation, 12 of them used.

Mitsotakis is building Greece's arsenal in the wake of repeated provocations by Turkey, which frequently violates Greek airspace and waters with warships and F-16 fighter jets as well.