Tensions with Turkey prompted Greece to launch a rearmament program

Greece, amid tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, has launched an extensive rearmament program.

This was stated by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a speech in the port city of Thessaloniki.

Athens plans to purchase 18 French Rafale multipurpose aircraft, four new frigates and modernize four more existing German-made frigates. In addition, the stock of anti-aircraft missiles, torpedoes and other ammunition will be increased.

According to Mitsotakis, the military strength will also be increased: 15,000 new professional soldiers will be hired over the next five years.

At the same time, the prime minister emphasized that Greece is ready to peacefully settle the differences over the gas conflict with Turkey. If Aankara wants to do the same, and there is still no agreement, the controversial issue of exclusive economic zones (EEZ) can be referred to the International Court of Justice.