ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek lawmakers accepted the acquisition of 18 Dassault-made Rafale jets from France for two.5 billion euros ($3.04 billion) on Thursday, in a deal resulting from be signed by the Greek and French defence ministers later this month.
Athens has agreed to amass superior fighter plane because it strikes forward with plans to beef up its army capability throughout a dispute with neighbouring Turkey over power assets within the Mediterranean.
The settlement for six new and 12 used Rafale jets is predicted to be signed by France and Greece in Athens this month and the primary deliveries are anticipated in the course of the first half of the 12 months, the federal government has stated.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ conservative authorities has stated it desires to spend money on the armed forces, rising personnel, buying new frigates, helicopters and drones, and upgrading its current fleet of F-16 fighters.
Parliament can be anticipated to vote subsequent week on a invoice extending Greece’s western territorial waters within the Ionian Sea to 12 nautical miles from six, Mitsotakis instructed native ANT1 TV.
Whereas that vote doesn’t straight have an effect on the jap and southern Aegean, the place Greece and Turkey have competing claims, Athens has stated it reserves the appropriate beneath worldwide regulation to a 12-mile maritime restrict throughout its entire territory.
Turkey has stated it will regard staking such a declare within the Aegean as a “casus belli” or cause for warfare.
In a potential signal of willingness to hunt a extra conciliatory strategy, officers from each nations are resulting from meet on Jan. 25 for talks.
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Reporting by Renee Maltezou, Enhancing by Timothy Heritage