Panos Kammenos, the Greek defense minister, called on the United States to expand bilateral security cooperation between Athens and Washington and to increase its military presence in the country.
In particular, he proposed the creation of military facilities not only in the Gulf of the Court, but also in the area of the cities of Larissa, Volos and Alexandroupolis. “I want to confirm that Greece considers the United States a strategic partner and ally. I dare say, the only ally, ”said Kammenos at a meeting with his American counterpart, James Mattis, at the Pentagon.
Relations between Greece and Russia deteriorated against the backdrop of Athens ’expulsion of two diplomats in July. They were accused of interfering in the internal affairs of the state and illegal actions against the national security of the country. Also, the Greek Foreign Ministry accused Russian colleagues of «constant disrespect.»
Moscow took mirror measures, in Athens this step was called «arbitrary and vindictive.»