Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos told US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland on Monday that Greece would no longer supply weapons systems to Ukraine.
He stressed that Greece cannot contribute in a way that reduces its own defense capabilities.
Nuland made the request during his meeting with Panagiotopoulos at the Ministry of Defense in Athens.
She acknowledged Greece’s contribution to Ukraine’s war effort against Russia.
The United States has asked Greece for Soviet-made weapons systems, including the Tor-M1 and Osa-AK surface-to-air missile systems, to be delivered to Ukraine.
Athens had refused their concession not only because it did not want to undermine the defensive capabilities of the Greek army, but also for practical reasons such as the need for a license in the case of Tor-M1 – from Russia it -same.
Meanwhile, the Greek government is focusing its attention on energy issues, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to make an announcement on the plan and timetable for the exploitation of deposits in a sea area around southern Crete, in the bay of Kyparissiakos and in the Ionian Sea.
The venture will no doubt be a time-consuming process, taking at least two years.
Nevertheless, the message that the government would like to send is that it is taking advantage of the international momentum after the invasion of Ukraine and putting Greece at the center of new initiatives by international actors in the eastern Mediterranean.
Meanwhile, energy issues in the Eastern Mediterranean were also discussed Tuesday by Mitsotakis and Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.
The main topics discussed were developments in Ukraine, with Israel assuming a mediating role between Moscow and Kyiv.
The meeting took place amid scenarios of an energy poker game being played in the Mediterranean sparked by the recent meeting between Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Energy and tomorrow were also on the table during Mitsotakis’ informal meeting with Nuland at a time when the United States appears to be reviewing plans for the EastMed pipeline.
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