France, Greece sign defense deal; Athens to buy 3 warships

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France and Greece on Tuesday announced a multibillion-euro defense deal, including Athens' decision to buy three French warships as part of a strategy to...
PARIS (AP) — boost its defense capacities in the Eastern Mediterranean amid recurring tensions with longtime foe Turkey.

President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced a defense and security strategic partnership in a joint news conference in Paris.

"This partnership expresses our will to increase and intensify our cooperation in the defense and security sector based on our mutual interests," Macron said. It will "help protect the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity of both states."

Greece will purchase three French frigates to be built by defense contractor Naval Group in Lorient, in western France. The deal includes an option for the acquisition of a fourth frigate.

Mitsotakis said it…
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