DEFENSE

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PODCASTS

Endy Zemenides, the Executive Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, joins The Greek Current to discuss the key elements of the US-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021, which was introduced by Senators Menendez and Rubio on Wednesday.


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NEWS

US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) in introducing new legislation to bolster the United States’ defense partnership with Greece.


A derelict building is seen in the uninhabited Famagusta suburb of Varosha, in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus. The US and the EU should understand that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threats are real, the author says.
OPINION

On November 19, 1987, the US Senate amended the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act to declare “defense articles of United States origin may not be transferred to or used on Cyprus by Turkey or Greece.”


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NEWS

Greece’s Supreme Naval Council will present Saturday its operational assessment of the frigates that have been proposed by seven different countries to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

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NEWS

Washington’s decision to back the US Navy frigate proposal submitted to the Hellenic Navy was reflected on Wednesday in statements made by senior US Embassy officials in Athens to Kathimerini.

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NEWS

Three European Union member nations and three Middle Eastern countries are looking to train personnel in border, customs, maritime and cybersecurity techniques at a cutting-edge US-funded facility in Cyprus that is expected to be ready early next year, the Cypriot foreign minister said Thursday.



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IMAGES

A pilot lands the MJ755 Spitfire at the Hellenic Air Force’s Dekelia base in Tatoi, north of Athens, on Tuesday, where the historic British fighter jet was welcomed by Greece’s military leadership and UK Ambassador Kate Smith, among other dignitaries.

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NEWS

Businessman Thomas Liakounakos, former General Secretary for Procurements at the Ministry of Defense Yannis Sbokos and Monaco-based British lawyer and businessman Peter Coleridge, a Liakounakos collaborator, were acquitted Thursday of charges of bribery and money laundering in a case over 20 years old.


[Photo from US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt's Twitter account]
NEWS

United States Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, presented Greek National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos with the American proposal for the procurement of frigates for the Hellenic Navy, he said in a tweet on Tuesday.

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NEWS

The Hellenic Air Force’s historic MJ755 Spitfire, last seen in Attica’s skies 68 years ago, is to fly over the Greek capital once again this Thursday when it returns from the United Kingdom, where it was fully restored and returned to flight-worthy condition.