Athens ordered three French frigates. This contract, worth several billion euros, strengthens the “strategic partnership” between France & Greece. The deal comes after Australia’s contract for the € 55 billion submarines was canceled.
The French President Emmanuel Macron and Kyriakos Mitsotakis the Prime Minister of Greece signed, Tuesday, September 28, a military agreement for Athens’ order of three frigates to reinforce the NATO. “Strategic partnership.”France and Greece
The announcement is made after Australia cancelled a massive 55 billion euro submarine contract. Australia prefers a strategic partnership to the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Agreement by Greece of three Belharra frigates, to be built in France, Lorient, for several hundred billion euros is underway “Testimony and demonstration of confidence in the French offer”Emmanuel Macron said this at the Elysee following the signing.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated that the contract also included an option for an extra frigate. He said that this agreement was met “For the Greek navy’s needs”.
The booming arms program of Greece aims to stop Turkish provocations in the eastern Mediterranean. France has been the only EU country to publicly protest these actions in recent months.
French President stressed that strengthening the partnership is a key element to achieving a stronger relationship. “First daring step towards European strategic autonomy”He is trying to address this theme in light of the evolving American foreign policy which is shifting its strategic priorities towards China.
Athens issued a call last year for tenders to purchase four frigates and renovate its Hydra frigates. Participated was the French company Naval Group, which opposed the German TKMS and the Dutch Damen, as well as the Italian Fincantieri, and the American Lockheed Martin.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced earlier this month that six French Rafale fighters were being purchased. This was in addition to an earlier contract worth 2.5 billion euros signed in January for 12 used Rafale and six brand new.
Tuesday was the date of signing the agreement “Contributes in protecting the security and sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and territorial integrity of our States while encouraging security, stability, prosperity and peace in regions of shared interest”Emmanuel Macron.
“It is in perfect coordination and in full conformity with our commitments towards the EU and NATO. It strengthens its effectiveness for protecting our territories and allows us to act more effectively. more coordinated together for peace and security in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans ”He said so.