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Greece to strengthen its armed forces amid growing tensions in confrontation with Turkey

Greece will strengthen its armed forces amid growing tensions in confrontation with Turkey, AP reported.

“The Turkish leadership is unleashing, on a near daily basis, threats of war and makes provocative statements against Greece,” Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas said. “We respond with political, diplomatic and operational readiness, determined to do whatever is necessary to protect our sovereign rights.”

 

 

Petsas said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will unveil a plan to revamp the country's military during his annual economic speech on Saturday.

According to Petsas, they maintain contacts with friendly countries to strengthen the equipment of our armed forces.

Greek media reports that purchases may include French-made Rafale fighters and at least one French frigate. Petsas said Mitsotakis will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron this Thursday.

Greece and Turkey have been on the brink of war three times since the mid-1970s, including once for exploration rights in the Aegean.

The current controversy escalated when Turkey sent the seismic research vessel Oruc Reis, escorted by warships, to explore for oil and gas in the area between Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete, which Athens claims to be its continental shelf.

Greece sent its warships to the area and put its armed forces on alert.