Greece buys 6 more Rafale jets, frigates amid tensions with Turkey

Greece buys 6 more Rafale jets, frigates amid tensions with Turkey


Greece has marked arrangements to purchase six extra Rafale contender planes and three Belharra naval force frigates from France as pressures keep on erupting with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean on Thursday.

The Rafale warrior planes will be offered to Greece by Dassault Aviation and the conveyance will start from the late spring of 2024, bringing the Hellenic Air Force’s armada to 24 Rafales, the French warplane creator said in a proclamation.

The orders were endorsed on board the resigned Greek ship Averof by the guard priests of the two nations.

“With this procurement of frigates and warrior streams the capability of Greece’s naval force and flying corps will be reinforced,” Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said.

Last September Athens consented to purchase three frigates with a possibility for a fourth one for around 3 billion euros ($3.30 billion).

The understanding, part of a more extensive key military and safeguard collaboration settlement, came after a consent to arrange 24 Dassault-made Rafale contender jets.

Greek administrators in October endorsed the guard understanding among Greece and France that will permit the two nations to come to one another’s guide in case of an outside danger.

NATO individuals Greece and Turkey stay at chances over oceanic limits and mineral abuse privileges in the Aegean Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean. A Turkish oil and gas study in 2020 brought about a strained maritime stalemate between the two nations.

Panagiotopoulos said in February that the Greek military requirements to modernize following continued subsidizing cuts during the country’s intense 2010-18 monetary emergency.

“There is no weapon program that is ‘marginally important’ or ‘fairly essential,'” Panagiotopoulos told administrators during a board of trustees level discussion in parliament.

Turkey, which has the longest mainland shoreline in the Eastern Mediterranean, has dismissed oceanic limit claims made by European Union individuals Greece and the Greek Cypriot organization, focusing on that these inordinate cases disregard the sovereign privileges of both Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The two sides refer to a scope of settlements and peaceful accords from over the course of the a long time to help their clashing regional cases.

Turkish pioneers have over and over focused on that Ankara favors settling exceptional issues in the locale through worldwide regulation, great friendly relations, discourse and arrangements. Rather than selecting to tackle issues with Ankara through exchange, Athens has, on a few events, would not find a spot at the arrangement table and picked to energize Brussels to take a harder position against Turkey.

The two nations likewise differ on the situation with the islands in the Aegean.

As of late, a few Turkish government authorities including Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu have said that Greece was losing its sovereign freedoms over various islands in the eastern Aegean since it had mobilized them. Ankara additionally sent comparable messages to the United Nations, contending that the militarization of the islands was not allowed under the Treaties of Lausanne (1923) and Paris (1947).