The government Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Evangelos Venizelos announced that the Greek Navy would send a frigate and submarine to the East Mediterranean Sea.
Mr. Venizelos, who made the announcement following his meeting with the Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis in Nicosia, explained that this was move within the framework of Greece’s international obligations.
The VP noted that “Greece is a member of the UN, EU and NATO since the early 1950s. We have been a NATO member for over 62 years. Greece is a country that respects its international obligations and participates in international missions”.
Additionally, Mr. Venizelos explained that Greece is currently participating in UN and NATO missions in the greater Mediterranean region, such as in Lebanon and argued that Greece has a steady naval presence in the region.
The Vice President also reminded that Greece and Cyprus have signed a agreement on search and rescue, effectively merging the FIR and marine areas of the two countries.