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US Now Under Biden, Greece Wants to Tighten The Knot Further

ATHENS – After Greece said relations with the United States with former President Donald Trump had become stronger despite his friendship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hopes are it will get even better with President Joe Biden.

The US State Department and US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt during the Trump Administration repeated ad infinitum Greece was a “pillar of stability” in the region, renewed a military cooperation deal and held a US-Greece Strategic Dialogue.

Biden, a known Hellophile, could spell trouble for Erdogan after he bought a Russian S-400 missile defense system undermining the defenses of NATO, to which the US, Greece and Turkey belong.

US Secretary of State nominee Anthony Blinken drew a harder line with Turkey already, noted Kathimerini and with the US Senate now in the hands of the Democrats it puts Greece in a stronger position.

Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, is one of the pioneers of the expulsion of Turkey from the F-35 jet fighter program, and will chair the Foreign Relations Committee and has been a strong backer of Cyprus.

Symbolically, officials in Athens would like to see a visit to Washington by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis as early as March, to coincide with the celebrations of the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, the paper also said.

Next would come renewal of the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) with the US keen to expand its military presence of infrastructure for US Armed Forces who had conducted joint drills with Greek soldiers.

Greece also reportedly wants to discuss a program worth 5 billion euros ($6.07 billion) by the Navy for the supply of new frigates and the upgrading of older ones, the report also added.

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