US request for Greek assistance in Persian Gulf

Washington has reportedly asked Greece to make a contribution to a multinational naval force that will monitor the Persian Gulf in order to protect the freedom of navigation.

Kathimerini understands that the American request, made a few days ago, referred to assistance either with a large naval unit - a frigate - or with an aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tool.

However, at the moment, Greece does not have sufficient means to meet its own air surveillance needs, and is, therefore, unable to cater to demands of third parties.

Moreover, after a series of meetings of the Greek Defense and Foreign ministries, it was decided, with regard to the request for naval assistance, that the Hellenic Navy cannot currently provide any frigates due to its standby situation in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Athens also said that it is already...

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