Robert HARNEIS -TDO- (FRANCE)- A revised defense cooperation agreement with the United States has been brought before the Greek parliament for approval, according to Reuters.
The details of the cooperation agreement remained unclear prior to the beginning of the ratification process. Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos confirmed earlier that the sides were considering the deployment of US forces to the Greek Larissa Air Base, the Greek Army Air Base at Stefanovikio and the port of Alexandroupoli, Sputnik said.
The bill on the ratification of the accord was signed on 23 December and bought before parliament on 24th. If ratified, the agreement will expand the US Naval Support Activity Souda Bay base, located on the island of Crete, and essentially allow the US military to use all Greek military facilities.
The revised agreement was signed on 5 October during US State Secretary Mike Pompeo's visit to Athens.
It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the new agreement is related to the Turkish government’s disagreements with NATO and the United States. From a US perspective it bypasses the, in their eyes, increasingly irrelevant and obstructive NATO alliance and puts pressure on the EU. For the Greeks it goes some way to mitigate current military isolation in the Eastern Mediterranean and compensates for lack of support from the EU.