The US is considering to increase drills and rotate more troos in bases in Greece, which is a logistical hub for the US-led operations in hotspots in the Middle East and northern Africa.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters in Athens on Spetmeber 4 that Greek officials “made a general overture saying they would be willing to consider that, and I certainly was enthusiastic about the possibility”. He added that US European Command and the US State Department will work with the Greek side on these plans.
“We … have taken advantage of Souda Bay — it’s a critical piece of infrastructure here in the region, and Greece has also been open to expanding training opportunities for our forces that are stationed in Europe, in particular for U.S. Army units to do training with helicopters,” Dunford told Department of Defense News.
The US military is actively using facilities in Souda Bay and Larissa Air Force Base to carry out training and intelligence activities as well as to operate some aircraft. According to an official version of the events, the increased military presence in Greece will allow the US to boost its anti-terror activities across the region.
At the same time, this move will allow the US-led military bloc to further increase its military activity along the Russian borders.