The Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos participated in the European Union Foreign Affairs Council, comprised of Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers, in Brussels, in which they discussed issues related to the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) to which 17 new programmes were added, three of which are by Greek initiative:
1. High standards training in helicopters
2. Joint Intelligence School in the European Union
3. Mobile Special Operation Forces HQ.
In his address, the Minister of National Defence stressed that there can be no cooperation in defence matters with third countries which threaten the security of the European Union and its members states and have raised a casus belli issue against a member state of the Union, such as Turkey.
They also discussed the issue of renewing and expanding the mandate of “Sophia” operation in Central Mediterranean and the Minister of National Defence stressed that Greece cannot accept any additional refugees, because our country hosts the highest number of refugees and migrant in respect with its population, whereas in absolute numbers it is the fourth country among the member states and therefore he approved the renewal of the mission, but not the expansion of its mandate.