Greece Ratifies Defense Pact with France

Greece ratified a mutual defense agreement with France on Thursday, the first between two NATO members. 

The two countries are already obligated to assist one another in an attack from outside the alliance.

However, the Strategic Partnership on Defence and Security brings together two NATO members for the first time to assist one another in the event of an attack from within the alliance.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis signed the deal and was approved by 191 votes in the assembly’s 300 members.

“The defense of European interests in the Mediterranean now acquires new substance,” Mitsotakis told parliament.

 “If attacked, our country will have at its side the most powerful military on the continent, the sole European nuclear power.”

Mitsotakis described the agreement as significant, noting that “for the first time, there is a specific clause of military assistance in the event of an assault on one of the two governments by a third party.”

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