No pressure to shrink military, says minister

Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos denied on Thursday that the European Union and the International Monetary Fund are putting pressure on Greece to reduce the personnel in its armed forces by 30 percent as part of public spending cuts.

?We may have limited control over our public finances due to the crisis but this does not mean that issues of foreign policy and national defense have moved beyond the authority of the government and Parliament,? he said in response to a question from MPs.

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