France and Greece to Sign Defense Contract after AUKUS Problem

France and Greece will sign a key defense agreement on Tuesday, signaling that Paris is re-establishing military links within Europe after a diplomatic spat with Australia and the United States over a canceled submarine contract.

According to three Greek government officials, the new pact will contain promises from Greece to purchase around €5 billion worth of French warships and fighter jets and a clause on mutual defense aid.

As Athens tries to strengthen its armed capabilities, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated that Greece has been negotiating with France to enhance its defense partnership.

“There will be announcements tomorrow morning,” Mitsotakis, who is in Paris, said.

“We’re heading towards a substantial deepening of our strategic cooperation between Greece and France,” he added.

On Tuesday, Mitsotakis and French President Emmanuel Macron were expected to make a joint statement in Paris.

Meanwhile, Faithon Karaiosifidis, a defense expert and publisher of the Greek magazine Flight, said there is a connection with what happened with AUKUS.

“France is taking everything in Greece and can come forward presenting this agreement on defense cooperation and cohesion as the basis of the European defense integration and the beginning of a European army,” Karaiosifidis said

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