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Defence Minister Nik. Panagiotopoulos participated to the AmCham web talks on the Geopolitical role of Greece as a factor of stability in the SE Mediterranean

Defence Minister Nik. Panagiotopoulos participated to the AmCham web talks on the Geopolitical role of Greece as a factor of stability in the SE Mediterranean
Defence Minister Nik. Panagiotopoulos participated to the AmCham web talks on the Geopolitical role of Greece as a factor of stability in the SE Mediterranean

The Minister of National Defence Mr. NIKOLAOS PANAGIOTOPOULOS participated today, Thursday 16 July 2020, to the digital event of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce on: "The geopolitical role of Greece as a factor of stability and a precious partner in the Southeastern Mediterranean".

The Minister of National Defence at first referred to the modern security challenges in the East Mediterranean, the geostrategical value of Greece, and the factors affecting stability in the broader area. Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos extensively commented on the almost everyday infringements at the Aegean, the systematical violations of Hellenic sovereignty and sovereign rights, as well as on the illegal and contrary to international law Turkish actions within the demarcated by the Republic of Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone and territorial waters.

He also underlined that Turkey's revisionism, as well as its destabilising and unlawful actions in the East Mediterranean, constitute a flagrant breach of Greek and Cypriot sovereign rights, and evoke the risk of leading to further escalation of tension in the area. The Minister of National Defence thoroughly commented on the trilateral defence cooperation developped by Greece and Cyprus in the area, as well as to the strategic relation between Greece and the United States.

Mr. Panagiotopoulos highlighted in particular the deepening of the bilateral defence cooperation with the US, which took place last year, but also its increased prospect of enhancement in the near future.