Greece to Send Frigate, Submarine in Eastern Mediterranean



operation_endeavourGreece will send a frigate and a submarine to the eastern Mediterranean region under its UN and NATO obligations, Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos has said.

According to Greek newspaper “Kathimerini,” Venizelos made the announcement on Wednesday after a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia.

The ship has been dispatched in the context of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and the submarine was part of NATO‘s Operation Active Endeavor.

While the Turkish survey ship Barbaros, escorted by one warship, continues its seismic studies within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Nicosia proposed counter-measures in response to Turkey’s violation, one of them being to freeze Ankara’s membership talks with the European Union.

“Greece is a country which respects its international obligations and participates in international operations,” said Venizelos, clarifying that the Greek ships have not been sent in relation to the Turkish violation of Cyprus’ EEZ.

Under the operation, NATO ships are patrolling the Mediterranean and monitoring shipping to help deter, defend, disrupt and protect against terrorist activity. “Greece has a steady naval presence in the broader region. This is a reality that everyone must take into consideration,” said Venizelos.

Venizelos also held contacts with his counterparts from Cyprus and Egypt. The meetings with Ioannis Kasoulides and Sameh Hassan Shoukry aim to prepare the ground for a trilateral summit between the three countries’  leaders in Cairo on November 8, while Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will make an official visit to Cyprus on November 7.


2 COMMENTS

  1. I think Greece should remove by force any Turkish military vessel in the area ,and shoot down any military planes ,or spy planes that cross into Cypriot airspace ,an I say all of Cyprus including the north ,Actually all illegal Turcs living in Cyprus should be sent back to Turkey ,starting with their military personnel and let the 2 people then live in harmony

  2. Foolish people and unrealistic…. the Turks have such a massive arms and troops capability they could easily wipe Greece off the map if they wanted to. But it will not happen and the Greek Politicians always play this “Threat of War Card’ to keep the Greek People believing ND & PASOK are their only savior, which is a complete farce.