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ATHENS (Sputnik) – Greece is planning to develop the present defence cooperation settlement with the USA or signal a brand new one, International Minister Nikos Dendias instructed the parliament on Sunday.
In October 2019, the 2 international locations signed a brand new Mutual Defence Cooperation Settlement (MDCA). It envisaged the enlargement of the US naval base at Souda Bay on Crete and allowed the US to make use of the Greek airbases of Stefanovikeio and Larissa in addition to the port of Alexandroupoli.
“We are going to nearly instantly start a dialogue on the enlargement of the MDCA or signing a brand new settlement,” Dendias mentioned.
The international minister harassed that the US-Greek relations had reached an unprecedented stage.
“In regards to the US … I feel that the strengthening [of relations] with Greece is clear for all of you. I’ve met with [US Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo six occasions and as soon as through videoconference. I don’t assume that it had occurred within the Greek historical past earlier than,” the minister added.
The US-Greek defence cooperation is growing amid the escalation in historically-strained relations between Greece and Turkey that emerged after Ankara introduced the beginning of seismic analysis actions within the space, a mere 7.5 miles from the Greek island of Kastellorizo, that Athens says belongs to its continental shelf.