Turkey pushed the Greeks to a closer military alliance with the United States


Ankara’s aggressive actions, which have recently become increasingly assertive, have led to another geopolitical “shift”, this time in the Mediterranean. In the last days of January, the Greek parliament ratified a new military cooperation agreement with the United States. The document expands the scope of cooperation between the two countries in the defense sphere more than significantly. In fact, the US military received a full carte blanche to use the entire military infrastructure of Athens in their interests, and in addition, the prospects for increasing the number of own bases in the country. The military-strategic balance in the region has undergone significant changes and is far from for the better for us.


From now on, the Pentagon can dispose in Greece almost at home. Recall, the first similar document, the so-called Base Agreement, was signed in 1990. However, despite the plural in the title, the United States in accordance with it received only the Suda Bay base in Crete, the existence of which also had to be renewed every year. Admittedly, over time, the penetration of the United States war machine into Greece gradually increased. Still, the country is a member of NATO and cannot get away from it anywhere. For example, at the airbase of the 110th wing of the Greek Air Force in Larisa, the American MQ-9 Reaper UAVs somehow unobtrusively settled - exactly the kind with which they struck to destroy Kassem Suleimani. These deadly "birds" settled there seemingly temporarily.

The new treaty not only fully legalizes and legitimizes their basing, but also involves the creation of new, more serious facilities of the US armed forces. So, in Alexandroupolis and Stefanovikio, it is planned to create air bases for attack helicopters of the US Air Force. Significant improvement and expansion will be subjected to the Cretan Suda Bay. However, the main point of the agreement is the permission given by Athens to the overseas allies for the use at its discretion of any military facility on the land of Greece. Typically, the duration of the contract remains a mystery for seven seals. The country's defense minister, Nikos Panayotopoulos, only insists that the agreement will definitely “benefit” Greece and its people. The Greeks were simply pushed to a closer military alliance with the United States.

In Athens, no one thinks to hide the fact that all these actions are a response to the actions of Turkey, showing intentions to resolve long-standing disputes over the maritime borders and the rights to extract minerals in the shelf waters of the Mediterranean Sea in their favor exclusively by virtue of a strong one. One cannot but take into account the fact that between Ankara and Athens lie centuries of fierce hostility and bloody wars, which by no means promote mutual trust and good neighborliness. A non-healing wound is the problem of Cyprus. The armed conflict between the Greek and Turkish parts of the population of this island was “frozen” only after the intervention of international peacekeeping forces, but it could break out again at any time. The last straw overflowing Greece’s patience was the recent conclusion between Ankara and Tripoli of a bilateral agreement on a new demarcation of the marine economic zone, according to which the Turkish side intends to begin exploration and drilling off the coast of Cyprus in areas that the Greeks consider their own.

Words are no longer limited here. A few days ago, the Turkish seismological vessel Orus Reis arrived to the coast of the island, who came there just for mineral exploration. The Mirage 2000 multi-purpose fighter of the Greek Air Force was lifted into the air, which, according to the statement of the head of the Greek Navy headquarters Nikos Martirosyan, "took aim" at uninvited guests. However, the Turk demonstration of power performed by a combat vehicle of not the first youth was not particularly impressive. Obviously, because of this, the voices of those who call not only for the speedy purchase of the MQ-9 Guardian UAVs, but even for joining the American F-35 program, sound louder in Athens. It is extremely difficult to assume that one of the poorest countries in the European Union would have sufficient funds to purchase the world's most expensive fighter jets. And Washington will probably not do charity work.

Be that as it may, but fears of being defenseless in the event of a possible armed conflict with Turkey are pushing the Greeks into very energetic actions. What will happen between Ankara and Athens, it will be seen. In the meantime, our country is clearly losing. A sharp increase in the capabilities of the Pentagon in terms of basing (primarily combat aviation and Navy) in this region poses a threat to the Black Sea coast of Russia, especially to the Crimea. Reverse in Athens is unlikely to give. Consequently, Moscow will now have to respond to all this.
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    1. bandabas 3 February 2020 15: 03 New
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      So even in Ancient Greece "fell in love with boys." Unlike the Turks.
      1. rocket757 3 February 2020 15: 08 New
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        That is yes. Such a phenomenon has been described.
        So they don’t get used to it.
      2. Dur_mod 3 February 2020 15: 42 New
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        Only Suleiman the magnificent preferred girls, in particular Roksolana, and before him, all the sultans and boys indulged ...
        1. bandabas 3 February 2020 15: 47 New
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          Fortunately, I don’t go to Turkey, I don’t go to Greece. I prefer the open spaces "even though she is ugly." hi
        2. Gene84 3 February 2020 15: 47 New
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          Quote: Dur_mod
          Only Suleiman the magnificent preferred girls, in particular Roksolana, and before him, all the sultans and boys indulged

          at the same time managed to have heirs.
    2. russia2016 3 February 2020 16: 35 New
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      Russia is doing the right thing, helping Erdogan, so that the Turks once and for all finish off this Orthodox evil in the Balkans and finally Islam reigns everywhere, it will benefit Russia!
  2. Lamata 3 February 2020 14: 39 New
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    Th then the Turks loosened up)))
    1. fuel oil 3 February 2020 14: 45 New
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      These are our friends and partners ... Centuries are already friends and are friends sad
      1. Lamata 3 February 2020 15: 02 New
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        hucksters are not friends
        1. fuel oil 3 February 2020 15: 09 New
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          These are friends. Gas, please, we ask the nuclear power plant at our expense ... Ambassador to fill up on air! It's okay. There is nothing to say about the pilots. In the first case, the scimitar is stuck in the back. We have such friends ...
      2. Gene84 3 February 2020 15: 55 New
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        Quote: black oil
        These are our friends and partners.

        imperfection is what we like about our friends wink
      3. pytar 3 February 2020 17: 00 New
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        Erdogan shouted out "Glory to Ukraine!" at a meeting with Zelensky
        February 03 2020

        The President of Turkey addressed the fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the Bandera slogan. Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeted the guard of honor in Kiev with greetings from Ukrainian nationalists after he listened to the national anthem with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. The video is published on the official page of the Office of the Head of State of Ukraine on Facebook.
        The footage shows how the Turkish president and his Ukrainian counterpart are walking along the red carpet, after which Erdogan turned to face the microphone and, turning to the guard, shouted: "Glory to Ukraine!" In response, APU fighters uttered the phrase "Glory to the Heroes!" Leaders of Turkey and Ukraine will attend the eighth meeting of the Strategic Council, sign bilateral agreements and meet with media representatives.
        1. Altai72 3 February 2020 22: 04 New
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          Hear Bulgarian, on all branches you’ll post this crap. Not tired? Themselves with someone in the same harness?
          1. pytar 3 February 2020 23: 49 New
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            Hey Altai, I’m Bulgarian, Serb, Montenegrin, Croat, Greek, Cypriot, Romanian, Moldavian, Hungarian, Armenian, Georgian, Syrian, Kurd, Russian, all those millions whose blood has flowed for centuries like a river through the Turkish scimitar! No prescription, for such crimes! Kara will get it, even through generations! It doesn't matter what you think there!
            1. Altai72 4 February 2020 14: 24 New
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              What do I think? I’m thinking that all of you listed have gathered around the campfire of NATO. It’s you and the Turks in one block, who are you bored with? No need for favors! You yourself sit with the Americans in the same sleigh and then do a favor.
              1. pytar 4 February 2020 15: 17 New
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                NATO had a bonfire when the bonfire was also at the ATS! Everyone knew who was his friend, who was the enemy! And hiding NATO is an incomprehensible amorphous formation, where the "enemy-friends" are all in a compote. Do you know what unites the countries and peoples I have listed? For all of them there is a common threat, a common enemy! Erdogan's Turkey! More ... Altai, we do not need your pointers and advice. Honestly! hi
                1. Altai72 4 February 2020 18: 06 New
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                  What did Erdogan Turkey do for you? Well, I understand the Ottoman, and the current? I was treated for oncology in Turkey, so in the clinic where I went the vast majority of Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia come to be treated. And the city of Edirne is teeming with Bulgarians. Why do people go if it's so dumb? Admit it, you yourself have personal antipathy and resentment. You shouldn’t underestimate the Turks, and you have joined NATO for fear of the Turks. Do you remember the 80s when your police and army poisoned the children of the Balkan Turks with dogs? Or do you think yours are white and fluffy? We will deal with the Turks ourselves, no need to add oil here. You have never been loyal to Russia.
                  1. pytar 4 February 2020 18: 57 New
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                    What did Erdogan Turkey do for you? Well, I understand the Ottoman, and the current?

                    The current under the leadership of Erdogan is moving towards reanimation of the former, Ottoman. The one that we perfectly remember!
                    I was treated in Turkey ... where I went the vast majority from Bulgaria ...

                    You radically confuse the concepts! I have zero complaints about ordinary Turks! Damn, I have a best friend, our Bulgarian Turk! But the policy of Erdogan is not like by many in Turkey itself, and our Turks especially do not like it! They themselves see that Erdogan is going to set fire to a big fire!
                    And the city of Edirne is teeming with Bulgarians.

                    Edirne / Audrin / has always been a cosmopolitan city! In 1873, 18 Mohamedans, 000 Bulgarians, 10 Greeks, 000 Jews, 16 Armenians and 000 others live in the city. When in 6800 the Bulgarian army takes cities, more than 5200 thousand Bulgarians live in it. Then most of them are evicted, but this city is not a stranger to the Bulgarians!
                    Do you remember the 80s when your police and army poisoned the children of the Balkan Turks with dogs?

                    Renaming the Bulgarian Turks was an idiotic undertaking of the communist regime! But komunyagi treated the Bulgarians themselves like that! A wild example is the “Macedonization” of the Bulgarians in the Pirin Territory in the 50s. Whatever it was, only 29 people die, among them 3 terrorist atentators and 8 victims of terrorist attacks. I do not justify it, but no comparison can be made with what the Turks "created" in the Balkans for the whole 5th century!
                    You have never been loyal to Russia.

                    The issue with loyalty is extremely controversial! There are jambs on both sides!
        2. Altai72 4 February 2020 18: 15 New
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          And yet .. Erdogan said Glory to Ukraine? So what? In your opinion, all heads of state visiting Ukraine should say "Ukraine shit"? What matters to you from this. Are you following the visits of all heads of state to catch words that are unacceptable to you from their lips? What is wrong with Ukraine? If there are a bunch of degenerates, it does not mean that all of Ukraine is on the list of our enemies. And again, although Bulgaria in the Second World War did not fight against the USSR, but was an ally of Hitler Germany, it helped Hitler in every way morally and financially, with resources, etc., but at that time millions of Ukrainians died near Stalingrad and Moscow. You have no right to discuss Ukraine!
          1. pytar 4 February 2020 19: 00 New
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            And yet .. Erdogan said Glory to Ukraine? So what?

            Never mind! A man said a man did! yes
            "Turkey will allocate funds for military assistance to Ukraine."
            https://topwar.ru/167477-turcija-vydelit-sredstva-na-voennuju-pomosch-ukraine.html
            1. Altai72 5 February 2020 13: 12 New
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              Ukraine, unlike Bulgaria, does not belong to any military bloc and has the right to choose its partner in military-technical cooperation. Or do you think that she is not allowed? You are being supplied through the North Atlantic Alliance. So again I repeat, do not rush this topic. They (Turks and Ukrainians) themselves know better. What bothers you so much? You are on the other side of the trenches with us. In theory, you should be happy. It is true that the Turks allocated a loan and will supply Ukraine with arms under this loan. And there will be a joint aircraft industry. But neither we nor you care. If 10 million Bulgaria has the right to strengthen its defenses, why should 40 million Ukraine not? And Ukrainians are much more democratic and more Europeanized than the Bulgarians.
              1. pytar 5 February 2020 14: 00 New
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                So again I repeat, do not rush this topic.

                Altai, you obviously do not understand in normal human language! I express my personal opinion! Worth it or not, none of your business!
                1. Altai72 5 February 2020 15: 00 New
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                  Have you doubted my humanity? High race? You write to me, so I answer you. And when there are no arguments, snap back not culturally. Write what you are aware of. What makes you so rot? Too much bias. Are you trying to pit Russians with Ukrainians and Turks? Solve your problems with the bros from NATO. And keep in touch without going beyond decency, man! I don’t want to offend you .. yet.
                  1. pytar 5 February 2020 16: 06 New
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                    Have you doubted my humanity?

                    No offense, but your personality really does not interest me. request
                    High race?

                    I can only imagine. hi And you too.
                    You write to me, so I answer you.

                    You wrote me this! In a hurtful way! Return to the beginning of the dialogue!
                    And continue with what a warning tone!
                    Solve your problems with the bros from NATO. And keep in touch without going beyond decency, man!

                    You finally understand, you can not tell the members of the forum that they are "due" to do!
                    I don’t want to offend you .. yet.

                    Are trying! But in vain! I assure you!
                    But this is the end of communication with you. yes
    2. Gene84 3 February 2020 15: 50 New
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      the whole situation between Turkey and Greece comes down to a simple phrase, "you are rude to me, no you are rude to me", this discord will be forever between them
  3. Boris Ivanov 3 February 2020 14: 45 New
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    no country included in NATO..free from its sovereign borders. and it began to write more or less close cooperation with the United States .. it’s as if a priori wrong. The USA determines which block country it needs to increase or reduce cooperation with today .. the block’s countries determine the hegemon. not Greece, or Romania. something like that!
  4. Sergey Olegovich 3 February 2020 14: 47 New
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    Is it not early that Turkey begins to perceive itself as an empire?
    1. russia2016 3 February 2020 16: 14 New
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      Russia makes every effort to do this, is it true that Turkey will tell her then thanks for this, this question
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  6. Horon 3 February 2020 15: 08 New
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    NATO countries are "friends" against NATO countries! Yes, at least let everything "get along" there. Russia does not have good from US bases, even Greece, even in Turkey.
  7. Operator 3 February 2020 15: 15 New
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    What is the boom - Greece is a NATO country, it means that at any moment it is obliged to provide its bases to the allies (especially in a situation of bankruptcy of the country). The agreement with the USA is just a lever of pressure on Turkey.
  8. pytar 3 February 2020 15: 44 New
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    In Syria, four more officers of the TsSN FSB of Russia were killed. Syrian government forces are currently attacking opposition militias west of Aleppo. The militants, in turn, are actively supported by the Turkish side. At least Erdogan has already announced the death on Sunday in Idlib of the Turkish military as a result of shelling of their observation post by Syrian soldiers. In response, the Turkish army attacked the positions of the Syrian government forces. It is likely that Russian troops are part of the Syrian government forces operating in this direction.
    https://topwar.ru/167427-chto-proizoshlo-v-sirii-smi-pishut-o-gibeli-4-oficerov-fsb-rossii.html
    This is the course of the 14th war, although sluggish, between Russia and Turkey. Embraces from the Sultan, always complete with blood ...


    Condolences to the near and dear ones!
    1. Gene84 3 February 2020 15: 59 New
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      Quote: pytar
      This is the course of the 14th war, although sluggish, between Russia and Turkey

      the point is not that it could be the 14th (or whatever I don’t remember) war and not in the incomprehensible relations between Russia and Turkey, but the fact that Erdogan is ninety-nine percent missing a brain.
      1. pytar 3 February 2020 16: 11 New
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        the thing is ... ninety-nine percent have no brain in Erdogan.

        Do not be fooled! Erdogan is cunning, insidious and very dangerous predator! He will continue to drive his line towards the restoration of the neo-Ottoman Empire! There is no agreement that he does not violate; there is no deal that he will not do, on the way to his expansionist imperial goals! Look at these faces! Similar? An accident? I don’t think so ...
  9. russia2016 3 February 2020 16: 21 New
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    Greece simply has no choice, everything is logical, the Turks almost openly trumpet everyone about the creation of a new great Ottoman empire, territorial claims against Greece, Cyprus, Syria. That's why they are looking for strong allies, since there is no hope for the European Union, Russia too, since Russia has long been determined in its priorities (Turkey is a friend and brother), then there is only hope for America.
    1. pytar 3 February 2020 17: 35 New
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      That's why they are looking for strong allies, since there is no hope for the European Union, Russia too, since Russia has long been determined in its priorities (Turkey is a friend and brother), then there is only hope for America.

      In 1913, the Bulgarian and Serbian army stood only 40 km. at the approaches to Constantinople! They even took the forts of the main point of the fortification of Chataldzh. There was no doubt that Constantinople was about to fall! Finally, to expel the Turks from the Balkans was a question for a maximum of a week! The Balkan allies were ready to give up the straits of Russia, but no! Sazonov ordered a "stop"! "No one except us (Russians) has the right to take Constantinople, but here are some Bulgarians ..."
      In 1922, the Greek army stood at the approaches of Ankara! Eliminate the centuries-old Ottoman threat was a question for a maximum of two weeks, but no! The USSR sent help, gold, weapons to the Turks and saved them! In the hope of a "universal victory of the proletariat on earth"!
      In the late forties, the West for half a century pumped Turkey with steroids, like a fort post against the USSR and the countries of the socialist community! American nuclear weapons still standing in Incirlik! Now Russia is pumping up the same Turkey, in the ephemeral hope that Turkey will become, though not a friend, but will not be an enemy! Naive ... very naive ... History does not teach anything ....
      1. russia2016 10 February 2020 09: 50 New
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        I agree with you, the story repeats itself and does not teach anything! The ephemeral hopes of Russia for Drugan Turkey are crumbling like a house of cards wherever possible - in Syria, Libya, Ukraine (which is all the cries of Erdogan's drugan - Glory to Ukraine, Glory to the Heroes), in Crimea ... , it’s possible to list for a long time, Turkey simply has Russia cruelly, sucking out economic assistance from Russia in the form of various megaprojects for tourists, and Russia will have only one knife in the back in the end
  10. Livonetc 3 February 2020 16: 55 New
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    Quote: russia2016
    Greece simply has no choice, everything is logical, the Turks almost openly trumpet everyone about the creation of a new great Ottoman empire, territorial claims against Greece, Cyprus, Syria. That's why they are looking for strong allies, since there is no hope for the European Union, Russia too, since Russia has long been determined in its priorities (Turkey is a friend and brother), then there is only hope for America.

    She opted for bedding.
    I have already made such a choice.
    There is no Orthodox fraternity in geopolitics.
    As there is no Slavic brotherhood.
    There is nothing to harbor illusions.
    Such friends, enemies are not necessary.
  11. GEORGISEL 4 February 2020 03: 03 New
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    The Turk always holds a knife behind his back, and will show what kind of "friend" he is. But Greece needs to defend itself (even with such a government) and around friends it is not very visible, and according to the comments.