Greek Defense Ministry
Deputy Defense Minister Alkiviadis Stefanis said on Thursday that Greece is maintaining dialogue with Turkey but that the country's armed forces are on standby.
"Diplomacy is the first choice," he told Skai radio. "We have open channels of communication but the armed forces are ready to do what is necessary in coordination with the Foreign Ministry," he added.
The Hellenic Navy has received its first modernized P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft from Lockheed Martin, the Greek Defense Ministry said.
The delivery, part of a US-Greece defense agreement that also includes the midlife upgrade of another four aircraft, was marked with a ceremony on Friday at Tanagra Air Base north of Athens.
Over the past few years Greece has established close ties with the United States and Israel. These ties have gained even greater depth under the current leftist-led government.
However, the country needs to be cautious. These relations must not be advertised beyond a certain point. The fact is they are more effective when they remain "under the radar," as it were.