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Greece to Increase Military Service to 12 Months

Greece announced on Sunday that its male citizens' mandatory military service will be increased “soon” from nine to twelve months. Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said that the increased military service,, in combination with the recruitment of professional officers and the...

Greece Plans to Build New Naval Base at Souda, Crete

Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos announced on Monday that the country is planning to build a second naval base at Souda, on the Greek island of Crete. As the minister explained, the new port aspires to accommodate the ships and...

Greece Tells NATO that Equal Distance Policy with Turkey is Not Acceptable

The policy of keeping equal distances between Greece and Turkey is not productive and is detrimental to our country, said Greek Defense Minister Nikos panagiotopoulos on Wednesday. “NATO’s policy of equal distances is detrimental to our country, but also to...

President Sakellaropoulou: Greece Will Not Show Weakness in the Face of Aggression

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the new President of the Hellenic Republic, made her first official visit as President to the Greek Ministry of Defense in Athens on Tuesday morning. While there, Sakellaropoulou underlined the important role the Armed Forces play for the...

Greece Calls Extraordinary Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense Amid Border Tensions

The Greek government announced on Sunday that it will call an extraordinary Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense in Athens, amid rising tensions on the country's border with Turkey. The meeting, which will be held at 18:00 local time...

Greece Calls for Increased NATO Presence in the Aegean to Stem Migrant Influx

Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos called for the strengthening of NATO’s presence in the Aegean Sea on Thursday in order to halt what he called the migration influx from Turkey. Speaking at the two-day meeting of NATO Defense Ministers in...

Greek DefMin: No Demilitarization of Islands Under Threat

No island that is under threat will be demilitarized, stated Greece's National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos on Saturday, in reply to a statement by his Turkish counterpart. Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Wednesday stated that Greece has illegally militarized...

Greek Air Force Video Shows Moment Supplies Are Delivered to Sole Resident of Kinaros Islet

A video was released on Saturday by the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) showing the operation that took place on Friday on Kinaros to bring supplies to the sole inhabitant of the islet, Irene Kotsatourchi. https://www.facebook.com/npanagioto2/videos/10212834815264164/ The video was uploaded on Facebook...

Greek Defense Minister Panagiotopoulos Meets Turkish Counterpart in Brussels

Greek Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos met with his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar in Brussels on Friday. The meeting took place concurrent with the NATO Defense Ministers summit which is currently being held in Belgium's capital city. This was the first time that...