Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced, during his meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, that “the defense agreement between Greece and France is not directed against any party, and that Turkish statements about the damage to NATO as a result of the agreement are rejected.”
He pointed out that “if Turkey is concerned about the agreement, this only indicates that it sees itself as a country that might initiate aggression. Our agreement with France is purely defensive, and it is not directed against any party.”
He added, “I signed a similar agreement with the United Arab Emirates about a year ago. I would like to say that in the context of the priorities contained in the agreement, Turkey’s statements are absolutely rejected.”
On Tuesday, Greece and France signed an agreement on defense and security, in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The agreement includes Greece’s purchase of 3 frigates to be built in France.