Greek PM hails US approval of F-35 fighter jet sale

Greek PM hails US approval of F-35 fighter jet sale
Greek PM hails US approval of F-35 fighter jet sale

Hello and welcome to the details of Greek PM hails US approval of F-35 fighter jet sale and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - File photo of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. — Reuters pic

ATHENS, Jan 27 ― Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis today welcomed a US decision to approve the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Athens.

Ending months of negotiations, the US government yesterday okayed the US$8.6-billion (RM40.7 billion) sale, as well as a separate US$23-billion deal to sell 40 F-16 warplanes to Turkey.

“Today is an important day for our national defence and for Greek diplomacy,” Mitsotakis said in a statement.

“Greece is officially on track to acquire up to 40 new generation F-35 combat planes.”

Advertisement

Mitsotakis said he had received a letter from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken which “showed the strategic strength of Greek-US relations”.

In the letter, Blinken said: “Greece has taken remarkable steps to modernize its defense capabilities. I look forward to increasing our cooperation and developing a more robust strategic relationship between our armed forces.”

As required by US law, the State Department notified Congress of the agreements, which were held up until Ankara ratified Sweden's NATO membership.

Advertisement

In addition to the F-35s, Greece will “acquire for free a very large quantity of equipment which will decisively strengthen the three branches of the armed forces and the Greek coastguard service,” the prime minister said.

This includes frigates, C-130 cargo planes, tanks, armoured vehicles and numerous other pieces of military equipment.

Greece has been seeking for some time to buy more sophisticated F-35 jets from the US as part of its strategy of defence against Turkey, with which ties are often strained.

Athens vigorously opposed the sale of US F-16s to Ankara, due to a dispute over maritime borders in the eastern Mediterranean, which is rich in energy resources. ― AFP

These were the details of the news Greek PM hails US approval of F-35 fighter jet sale for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV Putin says 95pc of Russia’s nuclear forces have been modernised
NEXT Germany set to join legal cannabis club

Author Information

I have been an independent financial adviser for over 11 years in the city and in recent years turned my experience in finance and passion for journalism into a full time role. I perform analysis of Companies and publicize valuable information for shareholder community. Address: 2077 Sharon Lane Mishawaka, IN 46544, USA Phone: (+1) 574-255-1083 Email: [email protected]