Greece-France defense deal is strategically sound, but too expensive

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The defense agreement signed between Greece and France is strategically sound, but too costly for an indebted country like Greece, the opposition party SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance said on Tuesday.

In its statement, the main opposition party noted that it is always good to procure new weapons for the defense of Greece, but a nationally responsible position “demands that we are beneficial at the national level.” It requires a national plan and a comprehensive strategy.

“In this context, we ask ourselves – beyond the frigates necessary for the Navy and the modernization of the Air Force’s F-16s – if other defense choices are of such priority and if they go beyond the spending capacities of our economy, ”SYRIZA said.

SYRIZA noted that during the crisis of the summer of 2020 with the Turkish research vessel Oruç Reis violating the Greek maritime borders, it pushed the government “for a rational European strategic independence”, but in the fall of 2020 the government rather “left the country without defense and diplomatic support.” “

The result was to “place the country on a purchasing path exceeding 10 billion euros” while it was already over-indebted, according to the press release.

Some of the unnecessary investments he cited included additional Rafale fighter jets – “of which the leadership of the Hellenic Air Force itself was not aware”, the upgrade of additional F-16s and what he called “the shockingly expensive deal with Israel for a training center in Kalamata.”

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