France to lend Greece two state-of-the-art frigates, French media report

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France will lend Greece two state-of-the-art frigates, so that the country can cope with current challenges in the eastern Mediterranean, French media reported.

According to media reports, the issue was raised during a telephone conversation between Greek Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos and his French counterpart Florence Parly.

The reports refer to two French FREMM frigates, built respectively under the names “Alsace” and “Lorraine” in 2019. They are currently in the final testing phase and have state-of-the-art area air defense systems. The frigates can also reach a maximum speed of 27 knots.

In addition, the two ministers also discussed the 18 French Rafales from which Greece will benefit as well as the defense aid doctrine, which provides for military support from one country to another in the event of military involvement.

The reports have not been confirmed by the Defense Ministry.

It is recalled that the Greek Minister of Finance, Christos Staikouras, said last week that the country is ready to spend part of its cash reserves to support its armed forces. “The prime minister’s mandate is to reduce taxes as much as possible, to be close to the popular classes and to strengthen the preventive force of the armed forces,” Staikouras said in an interview with Alpha TV.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the French Mediterranean island of Corsica on Thursday at the invitation of French President Emanuel Macron.

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armaments, armed forces, combat planes, Minister of Finance Christos Staikouras, Florence Parly, France, Greece, Greek news headlines, Minister of National Defense, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, taxes

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