US ambasador Geoffrey Pyatt calls for stronger defense and security ties

US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt hailed the “very strong” relationship under the previous government, which he credited for the strengthening of ties in the areas of defense and security, and called for expanding that cooperation, in an interview to Kathimerini newspaper.

“Now we have a clear commitment from Prime Minister (Kyriakos) Mitsotakis and his team to move even faster,” he said referring to the newly elected premier, noting that “the tempo of our military engagement today is higher than it has been in decades.”

On the issue of recent tensions with Ankara, Pyatt insisted that both Greece and the US want Turkey anchored to the West.

“Turkey is an inevitability for you as it is for us. And as I’ve said frequently, there are no two NATO allies who are more strongly aligned on the question of Turkey than Greece and the United States because both of us believe strongly that it’s essential for us to work as hard as we can to ensure that Turkey remains anchored in the West,” he said.

“The United States has spoken very clearly on the question of the S400 and the F-35. We’ve spoken very clearly on the provocative nature of the drilling activities that Turkey has engaged in in waters off of Cyprus. But none of that changes the fact that we, like you, need to find a way to make this work,” Pyatt added.