FM Dendias: Greek-French defense agreement greater than frigates deal

The strategic Greek-French defense agreement should be supported in Parliament by all parties unanimously, as “the aggressiveness of our neighboring country does not allow the luxury of voting it down,” Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias said on Tuesday.

Speaking to the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee in Parliament before a plenary ratification vote, Dendias called on opposition parties not to underestimate it and think of it simply as a frigate procurement treaty.

“Remember that Greece has bought very powerful armament systems from France in the past, but it never managed to sign such a treaty with such a powerful country – the only nuclear power in the European Union, and the only EU country to hold a permanent seat in the UN Security Council,” he said. “The signing of this agreement is a massive national success,” he noted, citing foreign press reviews and Turkish government reactions.