‘Greek skies shielded as never before’: Mitsotakis says amid tensions with Turkey

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Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said on Tuesday that Greece is better protected than ever following deals to acquire upgraded and next-generation fighter aircraft.

Speaking during a visit to the facilities of the Hellenic Aviation Industry (EAV) in Tanagra, Viotia, for the inauguration of a new technical center, Mitsotakis said Greece was responding to open threats “with decisive readiness.”

“Those who brag that they may arrive suddenly during the night should be aware that they may wake up one night having landed in harsh reality,” the Greek Prime Minister said.

“I will say it once again: our country does not enter into dialogue with the absurd.

“With the new Rafale fighter jets and the upgrading of the F-16s, as well as the squadron of F-35s later on, the Greek skies are being shielded as never before.”

These statements come as relations between Turkey and Greece have been particularly strained for nearly three years, with alarming rhetoric from Turkish officials.

Turkish President Erdogan has repeatedly said Turkish troops could descend on Greece “suddenly one night,” and even threatened to hit Athens with ballistic missiles.

Source: Ekathimerini.

READ MORE: US Senator Menendez confirms he won’t approve sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.

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