Natural gas conflict in the Mediterranean: Greece continues to arm

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

The Prime Minister of Greece in the port city of Thessaloniki.

(Photo: AP)

Athens Greece wants to buy six more Rafale fighter bombers because of tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. Athens has already ordered 18 of these multi-purpose jets. “They will soon be 24,” said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a speech in the port city of Thessaloniki, which was broadcast on Greek television. Last year, the two NATO countries were on the verge of a military conflict in the eastern Mediterranean, where rich natural gas reserves are suspected.

According to information from the Greek press, Athens is also negotiating the purchase of four new frigates. Greece repeatedly emphasizes that it is ready to peacefully resolve the differences in connection with the gas conflict with Turkey. If Turkey wanted to do the same and still no agreement could be reached, the contentious issue of the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) could be brought before the International Court of Justice.