NATO head Jens Stoltenberg stated that even if Greece is forced to leave the Eurozone it will remain in the military alliance, despite the fact that the debt crisis poses a security threat to Europe.
According European and U.S. officials, Greece’s possible exit from the monetary union may have repercussions for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which has been in a dispute with Russia due to the Ukrainian crisis.
Meanwhile, Greece’s government is in a dispute with its European partners due to their inability to reach a viable solution that would benefit both parties. While Europe and Greece are trying to figure out a way for the country to remain in the common currency, Russia made overtures to the leftist SYRIZA government in Athens, however, Greece will remain “a close partner,” said Stoltenberg.
“They have not linked the problems within the European Union and the euro with their strong commitment to NATO,” Stoltenberg said. “What I appreciate is that Greece has been so clear in all its communication. Greece is and will remain a committed NATO ally.”
Greece has been a part of NATO since 1952, but the country withdrew its forces from NATO’s military command structure from 1974 to 1980 as a result of Greco-Turkish tensions following the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.