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Greek-French defence deal will widen Turkish rifts

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Significance

A win-win deal for both, it strengthens their long-standing excellent relations. It also enhances Greece’s military position in the Aegean Sea and France’s presence in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, following a peaceful summer in the Aegean, the pact risks raising tensions between Greece (and Cyprus) and Turkey over maritime borders and drilling rights.

Impacts

  • US-Greek defence agreement will be updated to cover a long-term arrangement, allowing for more investment in US bases in Greece.
  • Turkish defence procurement from Russia is likely to rise, straining ties with Washington.
  • Low-level exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey will continue as scheduled amid mutual recriminations.
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