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Greek Parliament approves major arms deal with France

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Greece’s government received parliamentary approval on Tuesday for a 3 billion euro agreement for three new French-made frigates, Skai.gr reports.

The majority of lawmakers also agreed to add six new Rafale fighter jets to an existing order for 18 planes – six of them newly built and 12 that were previously in service in the French air force.

Greek Defense Minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told the Parliament on Tuesday night that the Greek military needs to modernise following repeated funding cuts during the country’s acute 2010-18 financial crisis.

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“There is no armament program that is ‘slightly necessary’ or ‘somewhat necessary’,” Panagiotopoulos said during the committee-level debate.

“All of the armament programs that we have submitted for approval, in one way or another, are absolutely necessary for the armed forces – extremely necessary, urgently necessary.”

According to Ekathimerini, the left-wing main opposition party supported the purchase of the new French frigates but was not prepared to give the government “carte blanche” regarding armaments spending.

Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and French President, Emmanuel Macron, finalised the frigate deal last year along with an enhanced defence cooperation agreement between their countries.

Made by France’s Naval Group, two warships are due to be delivered in 2025 and the third the following year, with an option to add a fourth frigate to be ready in 2027.

READ MORE: France-Greece frigate deal is “final” as Athens declines US offer.

Source: Skai.gr.

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