Greece is backing NATO forces in the Alliance’s east wing with light anti-aircraft artillery in line with its commitment to join the NATO Response Force (NRF), which was activated immediately after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to Ekathimerini, the transfer is largely part of NATO’s central decision to support Bulgaria and Romania, the Alliance’s two main eastern coastal countries in the Black Sea.
More specifically, Greece is dispatching four units of light anti-aircraft systems, such as ASRAD-HELLAS, with their personnel and the relevant command liaisons, that comprise about 30 members of the artillery.
At the same time, the transfer of forces to Bulgaria and Romania is continuing through the port of Alexandroupoli in northern Greece.
This comes despite local protests in Athens, which saw pro-Russian citizens taking to the streets on foot and in their cars to show their support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine and their dislike of NATO expansion in Greece.