Background of Russia-Greek Summit in December: Greek Defense Chief Makes Landmark Foreign Policy Proposals

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Written by Alex Gorka; Originally appeared on strategic-culture.org

Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos visited the United States on October 9 to make two proposals that would change a lot if accepted: a new Balkans military alliance and substantial expanding of US military presence in the country. The latter includes setting up three military bases in Larissa, in Volos, in Alexandroupolis on a more permanent basis. The regional defense alliance, formed to diminish “Russia’s influence”, is to comprise Greece, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Bulgaria, and later Serbia. “I want to affirm that Greece considers the United States a strategic partner and ally…the only one, I dare to say,” he said during the meeting with US Defense Secretary James Mattis. “It is very important for Greece that the United States deploy military assets in Greece on a more permanent basis, not only in Souda Bay but also in Larissa, in Volos, in Alexandropoulis,” he added.

Background of Russia-Greek Summit in December: Greek Defense Chief Makes Landmark Foreign Policy Proposals

In the spring of 2018, the US began operating MQ-9 Reaper drones out of Greece’s Larisa Air Force Base. The American-Greek defense cooperation agenda includes the extension of the agreement for the use of the US naval base in Souda Bay, Crete, the upgrading of the Greek fleet of F-16 military jets and the plans to build a second military base in southern Crete. The United States and Greece are reportedly discussing the creation of a military base on the island of Karpathos in the South Aegean Sea, between Rhodes and Crete. According to the plans, the island will host US Patriot air defense missile systems and F-22 Raptor fighters. US F-35 will be stationed in Volos, F-16 in Andravia, while F-15 are already in Souda airbase in Crete.

As the relationship with Turkey continues to deteriorate, Greece acquires a more significant military role for the United States in the Mediterranean as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The Wall Street Journal reported last month, “the US military is in talks to expand its operations in Greece, including using more air and naval bases here, signaling a potential move toward the eastern Mediterranean amid growing tensions with Turkey.” According to the source, US officials who had visited Greece not long before the publication said both the government and the opposition were receptive to strengthening military ties. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes that the “geography of Greece and the opportunities here are pretty significant.”

A military alliance of Greek Cyprus, Israel and Greece, Eastern Mediterranean Alliance (EMA), has actually been formed. Greece and Israel have a military cooperation agreement in place since 2015. The military ties between Cyprus and Israel are also expanding. After a trilateral conference held in Larnaca in June, defense chiefs of the three countries pledged to expand cooperation on cyber-security, joint military drills and search and rescue operations in the eastern Mediterranean. The three also visited the US together in May. Last month, the United States opened its first permanent military facility in Israel.

The US has recently changed its Syria policy, including the support of the Kurds that angers Turkey so much. With the tariffs and sanctions war unleashed by Washington against Ankara, it appears to have nothing to lose. The United States is considering permanent cuts to its military presence in Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, a strategic point for its military operations in Syria. This possibility is very real as several pro-government Turkish lawyers have reportedly filed charges against US Air Force officers associated with the base, alleging they are connected to those who staged the attempted coup d’état against Turkey’s government in 2016.

Greece wants Alexandroupolis to become a hub for the gas being exported from Israel via Cyprus, Crete and Greece to Italy. The route will bypass Turkey, which is adamant in its desire to prevent such a scenario. It says part of the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus is under Turkish jurisdiction. A conflict is possible and the EMA partners want the US to be on their side. America needs the allies too as it strives to increase its clout in the Middle East. Libya is among the countries it wants to control, while rolling Russia back. The United States needs military support, especially bases, as it has decided to stay in Syria “until Iran withdraws its forces”. The growing military cooperation between the EMA alliance and the US reflects nothing else but war preparations.

In summer, Greece expelled two Russian diplomats accused of attempting to instil opposition to the agreement in order to prevent Macedonia’s NATO membership. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov subsequently canceled a planned visit to Athens. All these trends and events create certain background before the visit of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Russia scheduled on Dec. 7 (it had been previously planned for Dec.12). The two countries have always been friends and close partners but the announced plans to turn Greece into a US aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean is a matter of concern and not only for Moscow.

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  • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

    The Greek government, lead by the fake leader Tsipras, is a total US slave. bought and sold, with not an ounce of freedom left.
    There is absolutely no point in the Putin-Tsipras meeting, but contacts between the outside and the Greek people must be maintained until freedom is attained from the US Evil Empire, much like that from the times of the Ottoman Empire slavery.

    • putinbeater

      greeks voted the government. let them choose their own way.

      • Snowglobe

        Greeks are very quick to blame others for their governments. They can blame themselves too and learn to keep their heads down.

      • VeeNarian (Yerevan)

        The Greek government has been bought by the Troika.

        • putinbeater

          sure. inbetween there were new elections. what now? i am waiting for your another bullshit

    • Justin

      i would say they are EU slaves but they are about to get new owners! US and Israel!

  • In the spring of 2018, the US began operating MQ-9 Reaper drones out of Greece’s Larisa Air Force Base.

    Look at that ! Greeks complicit in dropping drone bombs on lil brown children and their mummies in 8 or 9 countries they (also) are not at war with!

    Isn’t that just peachy of them!?

  • Snowglobe

    “A military alliance of Greek Cyprus, Israel and Greece, Eastern Mediterranean Alliance (EMA), has actually been formed. Greece and Israel have a military cooperation agreement in place since 2015. The military ties between Cyprus and Israel are also expanding. After a trilateral conference held in Larnaca in June, defense chiefs of the three countries pledged to expand cooperation on cyber-security, joint military drills and search and rescue operations in the eastern Mediterranean. The three also visited the US together in May. Last month, the United States opened its first permanent military facility in Israel.”

    Well, it looks like Greece is firmly signed up with the NWO. I am sure that they will enjoy their democracy.

    • Brother Ma

      Ha! More fools Greeks trusting in Israel and America.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        you confuse politicians with the population of greece. Soon you understand the other side of the coin sorry I missed this article when was fresh.

  • Tudor Miron

    Feel sorry for people of Greece.

    • Tommy Jensen

      F.ck the people of Greece. They had all chances but choosed to jump around like wagging poodles on two legs for cookies.

      • Albert Pike

        The people of Greece are also ruled by bandits, they -or anybody else- hadn’t any say in this. The cult is brewing a perfect storm, and the former antifa and zion agent Tsipras is one of their many puppets…

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      Dont.

      • Tudor Miron

        Why is that?

        • Snowglobe

          Because they knowing made the choice to kick the can farther down the road. They knowingly left the fight to their children and their grandchildren instead of fighting back themselves.

          By then it will be too late to fight.

          • Tudor Miron

            Thats exactly why I feel sorry for them. Yes, they are “guilty” but still they are humans.

          • Snowglobe

            You are right. :-)

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          dont confuse holders of greek passports, with greeks, which is what keeps all the traitorous politicians on the chair. The time very soon it come that will answer your question why.

  • Sinbad2

    2000 years ago Virgil called out the Greeks for being duplicitous ” Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”
    Leopards don’t change their spots.

    • Brother Ma

      Very wrong. The Greek people are almost wholly on Putin’s side. The Greek people voted Tsipras-Kammenos in only to have those two jackals about -face and do everything the Greek people wanted. Greeks are not stupid ,they have not forgotten what AngloAmerica did in Cyprus or Yugoslavia. Kammenos asking Us for help? Ha ! Face -saving measure. He is definitely a bootlicker of Yanks but even he was pulled by the ear and told get your country in order to accept our bases.
      His answer? Yes Sir ,Yes Sir ,three bags full!

      The Greeks would not have seen a helping hand from anyone if Turkey did not bite the hand that fed her. If Turkey says sorry ,America will return to her lover with alacrity.

      You do know That two Nato countries have been in a state of war since both entered Nato ,right? And they want to add Fyrom and Albania into the mix as Allies,when both have designs on Greece?

      Might as well invite foxes in to guard the chicken coop!

      • Sinbad2

        “Greeks are not stupid”
        All Greece ever had to do, was drop the Euro go back to the Drachma and work their debt off.
        But no, Greeks wanted to retain the high value Euro, like some bankrupt rock star who can’t live without his Bentley.

        They are stupid.

        • Brother Ma

          I was referring to on a geopolitical nous level not econony etc.

          In fact ,,the referendum sent a resounding “no” to Baillouts or memorandums but as i said The corrupt bootlicking Tsipras -Kammenos gov ignored the will of the people and went along with it to pay the BiGBanks back.

          THe zionatoyanquis wanted it so badly they even had Greek Finance Minister threatened and bashed .

          Beware of going against Soros/Zio/Yanqui/Globalist imperatives. Your life is forfeit!

          We should not gloat. This is the thin end of the wedge. Get ready to have our referenda ignored as well in our comfortable Eu or English -speaking nation soon,if it goes against UMerikkiya ‘s wishes.

          Wont be long.

          • Sinbad2

            Yes they voted for no bailouts, whilst keeping the Euro.
            You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

          • Brother Ma

            Fair point. They wanted to be treated as a defaulter like any other and still be in the same currency. Te!ember the Eu dogs were aending moxwd mesaages as well. We will kick you out and at the same time were telling Greece we will not let you go.

            Salivating dogs ready to rape and privatise Greece’s national assets to line their own pockets.

            I am not an absolute apologist for Greece . I have many beefs with them but they were a testcase of Full Spectrum Dominance by Nato as a warning to dissenting members . Do not leave or we will crush you.

            Nothing new there. I predicted the outcome in 2007-2008. Greece should have told them all to go jump and default. Almost every other countey that did so retained their sovereignty and their economy boomed within four years. Mixed messages coming out of tge Eu now say ,they made a mistake and went to far whilst others say we did it on purpose as a “warning “to others . They went on to give italy ,much bigger and more powerful a free pass! Dogs!

            Anyway ,Greece will never thrive with its current crop of political class. They all need to be lined up and machine-gunned!

          • Sinbad2

            Because Italy stood its ground. Greece should never have been admitted to the EU, and wouldn’t have, if not for American pressure.
            Greece has been a pawn all along.

          • Brother Ma

            Italy has never stood its ground. Italy is EU ‘sbiggest bootlicker of Yankees and had been so since the end of WWII. It also helps to have seventy million population and ,major manufacturing and sources of cheap electricity and it is still bankrupt!

            Italy has only pushed back in the last year or so and even that for posturing. We will see how far that goes. Even with that litle push back the DeepState of Zionato blew up the Genoa bridge as a warning and Italy has already slowly started to toe the line again.

            Greece is the only country in Nato till recently to ever push back at ZioAmerica and even to kicking out American Bases for years.

            The two staunchest and toughest resistance- contributors in WWII and allies of AngloAmerica have been brought low by the latter as an example to the others.

            Greece ,a pawn? Certainly ,yet who isn’t in the modern world and even then they do so grudgingly and biding their time. I would not want to be a ZioNatoyanquist when America is finally eclipsed.No-one beats the Greeks and Serbs for heart in times of toughness or battle. Proven over and over again. Orban may crow but does so from the safety of Hungary kept afloat till now by EU euros! I suspect he will also pull his head in when the chips are down.Let us see how tough he is when he is a marked man as Papandreou the Median once was.

            I think this is the first time you and I have disagreed on a topic!

          • Sinbad2

            “I think this is the first time you and I have disagreed on a topic!”

            That’s good differences of opinion open us to other possibilities.

            As for sucking up to the Americans everybody does except China Russia and Iran.
            As Bush once said, you are either with us, or against us.
            Which is why the US has to be destroyed.

          • Brother Ma

            D’accord!

  • potcracker2588

    this country only exists on paper…

    • putinbeater

      sure not

    • Brother Ma

      Greece ? Of course but just like all other Eu countries. They are all vassals. Just Greece is the weakest . No shame in that. What do you expect from a country with only ten million as a population?

      Economic powerhouse or military power?

  • BL

    Russia needs to support the Golden Dawn party in Greece, they are the best hope for Greece’s revival.

    • putinbeater

      russia should arrest oligarchs and not support fascists in another countries. btw., now you suggested, russia to be involved in inner affairs of another country.

      • seawolf

        Exactly. But the question is why he is not arresting all these criminal oligarchs?

        • putinbeater

          because putin, medvedev are one of them

    • Brother Ma

      Ha! Don’t think so. What did Golden Dawn or Nazi Party in Germany do with the invasion of rapefugees…. **waiting .waiting.**…..Absolutely nothing!

      They sat on their fat asses ! They are just the controlled opposition ,puppets of zionatoyanquistan.

      • BL

        They had constant demonstrations about it, they brought it up in parliament nonstop, they had their members physically attack the rapefugees in the streets, and I can go on and on. I don’t know what you expect them to do without breaking the law in a serious way. They’re certainly NOT controlled opposition.

        • Brother Ma

          All good points but the law has already been broken by higher- ups. So why can’t the people? So you are saying Golden Dawn ,a junta -loving party if i have ever heard one is afraid of taking the law into its own hands to save Greece?

          Or are neo -nazi /juntaist /DictatorShip govs only toughguys when it suits the Americans?

          Every single thing that the Colonels supposedly fought for and took Greece over to save it from ,has been lost!

          Not to the Russians but to Americano/Globalists/Sorosizers.
          What do you say to that?

          • BL

            Even if they manage to pull off a coup or an armed uprising their chances of success would be poor if they didn’t have the support of the public. The original Nazi party also came to power through electoral politics. GD is trying to win the hearts and minds of the Greek people. They are the only political party in Greece that is being persecuted, censored, and having their leaders arrested and regularly demonized. Despite all this they are still the 3rd largest political party in Greece. You expect them to engage in illegal activities but this would play into the hands of the Zionists. The Greek ZOG is already persecuting GD for alleged crimes they never committed. If GD were to actually engage in criminal activity this would be heaven sent for ZOG. They would simply label GD a criminal organization (Something they already do) and shut them down completely forcing their movement underground.

            I have spoken to some GD reps about this very issue. They believe the Greek people won’t turn to GD en masse until the country falls into total chaos and instability to the point where even their basic daily security is threatened. They believe this will eventually happen at some point if the current trends continue.

          • Brother Ma

            I agree with much of what you have said yet many key GD leaders are nothing but sadistic thugs and the people noticed it. It will be very hard to get the people on side when you have such thugs in very high positions. The Greeks did not like the Nazis nor did they like the Colonels so GD better pull a rabbit out of a hat this time.

          • seawolf

            GD is a criminal organization of fasists, period !!!

          • BL

            ok Jew

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      stop posting malakies. GD is the convenient idiots, if not traitors, that is been used so all the laws against the civilians there been passed.

  • Shmeet

    perhaps the US might officially announce the turkish genocide on the greeks and Armenians now, and send the turks back to Mongolia from where they originate from

  • Brother Ma

    Southfront? There is no such thing as Greek Cyprus. There is only a unitary Cyprus illegally invaded and still occupied by Turkey whilst Nato looked and looks the other way.

    I know Russia and Turkey are presently pals but some of us still remember the truth and are still crying it out.