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Greece has not been asked for support in military strike on Syria, says ministry

Greece has denied that it has been asked to contribute in any way to a possible military strike against Syria in the wake of the alleged use of chemical weapons.

There had been speculation last week that Greece would provide the use of bases in Kalamata and Souda Bay, Crete, for US-led military operations.

In the wake of strong criticism from SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday night denying this was the case.

“Greece has not been asked to take part in military operations or to provide facilitations,” the ministry said.

Greece “condemns the use of chemical weapons” and is in favor of a “comprehensive and viable” solution to the conflict in Syria, the government added.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is due to meet Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Monday afternoon. Syria is expected to be one of the top items on the agenda, with Greece concerned about a possible rise in the number of refugees reaching its shores.