Scholz-Mitsotakis talks: arms, energy, Ukraine, Eastern Mediterranean and Turkish provocations

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's scheduled talks with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens on 27 October will cover a wide-ranging agenda from the war in Ukraine and the circular deal to send armoured vehicles to Kyiv, to further arms collaboration, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and energy (following the second illegal Turkey-Libya cooperation agreement recently) and Turkey's constant threats of war in the Aegean, an issue on which Athens would like to have a stronger denunciation from the German Chancellor than Berlin has expressed until now.

Scholz will be in Athens one day after a visit to Paris for talks with Emmanuel Macron, and the Greek-German collaboration in arming Ukraine, to which Athens is sending 40 Soviet BMP-1 armoured vehicles and is receiving in return 40 German Marders, will be high on the agenda in talks with Mitsotakis.

One day after the talks, the German Marders will take part in the annual military parade in Thessaloniki marking OXI Day, Greece's refusal to surrender to Mussolini's Italy and the subsequent war, in which Greece's successes forced Hitler's Germany to step in.

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Ankara has expressed its consternation over Greece's acquisition of the German armoured vehicles.

Berlin does not want to be a direct party to Russo-Ukrainian war

The so-called circular deals allow Germany to arm Ukraine as it has promised without being a direct party to the Russo-Ukrainian war, while for the countries that send arms directly to Ukraine the German arms they receive in return will represent an upgrade of their arsenal, according to Berlin.

Some former military top brass in Greece, however, have questioned whether the...

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