Greece-France: military equipment and support against Turkey are on the table
PARIS, (BM) – The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to ask the French President Emanuel Macron for the practical support of Paris, who is looking for a “French key” that will be able to “solve” key issues of Greek foreign policy, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Pentapostagma.
The main goal of Athens is the final talks that have to do with the defense of the country, amid the pressure exerted by Turkey in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.
The French president appears as an “ardent” supporter regarding the respect of the sovereign rights of our country and the observance of International Law in general in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Greek government hopes that with this visit of the Prime Minister to Corsica and his participation in the Euro-Mediterranean Conference (MED7), strong answers will be given to those who take illegal actions and that European solidarity will be transformed into tangible acts.
The menu of the meeting Mitsotaki – Macron
The announcement from the meeting and what he will say about the Turkish challenges is expected with great interest. But everyone’s eyes are on the prime minister’s private meeting with the French president.
It is worth noting that on Wednesday night the Prime Minister participated in a teleconference with the President of the European Council Charles Michel, which was attended by other EU leaders, in view of the special summit on September 24 and 25 where the issue of Turkey will be discussed.
In terms of armaments, the possibility of acquiring two French FREMM frigates as an intermediate solution and the prospect of building BELHARRA digital frigates in Greece are being studied.
At the moment the hottest project in armaments which not only gathers a lot of chances but has almost “locked in” and technical details seem to be discussed is without a doubt the acquisition of Rafale fighters. The proposal came from Paris, the Air Force without delay delayed the “green light” and with fast track procedures the case is moving forward.
Used and new Rafale are on the table with Paris showing readiness to immediately hand over the first aircraft used by the French Air Force while at the same time Athens will order a new one with a total number of up to 20 fighters.
Athens has clarified that in any program for the acquisition of new frigates, it wants the participation of the Greek shipyards, something that has been taken into account by the French. At an earlier time, however, the manufacturer NAVAL GROUP seems to have rejected a similar proposal, especially if the order concerned two BELHARRA frigates.
France wants sanctions for Turkey because of military threats against Greece
The French Foreign Minister seems to be accusing Erdogan as he puts pressure on the European Council to impose measures on Turkey, BulgarianMilitary.com reported on September 6 this year.
“The extent of the measures to be taken against Turkey” is expected to be the main topic of European Council discussions later this month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today as Ankara continued its provocative attitude towards in Greece and Cyprus.
He said that he and his counterparts from other EU countries have discussed this issue, while the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, has mentioned the possibility of imposing sanctions on Ankara, but so far the Paris has failed to persuade other countries in the bloc to adopt the same strict stance.
Lendrian called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to start talks on his plans for the Eastern Mediterranean from now until the European Council convenes on September 24th and 25th.
“It is up to the Turks to show that this issue can be discussed. If this is done, we can create a virtuous circle for all the problems at the table,” Lendrian told France Inter radio.
While refusing to specify the type of sanctions that Ankara may face, the French minister said that “there is a whole series of measures”.
“We have a lot of options and he knows it,” he said, referring to Erdogan. As it turns out, France is waging a road race to persuade other countries to support Greece by imposing sanctions on Ankara.
Unlike EU officials who say the goal is not sanctions but dialogue between Greece and Turkey – even without de-escalation from Ankara – France talks about discussing the “scope” of sanctions, as their imposition after Erdogan’s provocations is something that the European Union should take for granted.
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