Athens denies Israeli tests on S-300 missiles


The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) over the weekend denied reports that Greece helped Israel’s military study a Russian-made air defense system during joint drills conducted in spring.

HAF spokesman Lt Colonel Ioannis Tsitoumis said the report, released by Reuters on Friday, was “totally groundless.”

“[Greece] has never carried out this sort of training exercise with a third party. It is the solid and constant practice of the Hellenic Air Force not to reveal sensitive operational capabilities or data,” he said.

Quoting unnamed sources, the report said that the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft system located on Crete island had been activated during an exercise in April-May.