Athens, Mar 25 (AP): Greece has signed offers price some 4 billion euros (USD 4.4 billion) to purchase three navy frigates and 6 extra Rafale fighter jets from France, as Athens strengthens its armed forces in response to pressure with neighbouring Turkey.
Protection ministers Nikos Panagiotopoulos of Greece and France’s Florence Parly attended the signing ceremony on the eve of Greece’s nationwide day, aboard a 112-year-old battleship that presently a floating museum.
“It’s with solidarity that we deal with the threats that face our nations and our pursuits,” Parly mentioned.
“This additionally demonstrates our will to associate with trade over the long run.” The three FDI-class French frigates will likely be constructed by protection contractor Naval Group in Lorient, in western France, to be delivered by 2026.
The settlement signed on Thursday contains an choice to buy a fourth frigate at a later date.
The six new Rafale jets, to be constructed by France’s Dassault Aviation, had been added to an earlier order of 18 Rafales that included planes beforehand in service with the French Air Drive.
France backed Athens’ positions throughout a naval tense standoff in 2020 with Turkey over oil and fuel exploration rights within the jap Mediterranean Sea.
In Paris final yr, the leaders of Greece and France signed a safety help pact that can embody nearer cooperation between forces of the 2 nations.
Parly’s go to coincided with a construct up of NATO naval forces within the Mediterranean largely in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
After the signing ceremony, the 2 protection ministers visited the French plane service Charles de Gaulle, anchored off the port of Piraeus, close to Athens.
French jets on the service can even participate in an annual army parade in Athens Friday to mark the nationwide day, an occasion that Parly will attend.
Late on Thursday, protesters backed by the Greek Communist Social gathering staged an indication within the port of Piraeus in opposition to the arms deal in addition to Greece’s involvement in NATO’s response to the conflict in Ukraine.
The protest ended peacefully. (AP) RUP
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