The Deputy Minister of National Defence, Mr. Alkiviadis Stefanis, attended on Friday October 16th 2020 the Distinguished Visitors Day of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece (NRDC-GR) Exercise “Gordian Knot 2020” that took place at “Prokopidis” Camp in Assiros – Thessaloniki.
The Exercise that was held from October 9th to October 16th 2020 constitutes the main training activity of NRDC-GR for this year.
At his address, the Deputy Minister of National Defence noted amongst others the following:
“The NRDC-GR Headquarters is a capable and fully reorganized Headquarters of NATO Certified Rapid Response Forces, which is kept in a high state of preparedness, capable of dealing with any current and future challenge. At a time of international turmoil, during which specific factors and unique circumstances dictate our way of life, we need to remain united, so that we would deal with the emerging challenges and demonstrate our solidarity and our determination.
NRDC-GR’s strategic location between three continents (Europe – Africa – Asia), the fact that it marks the crossroads between the Balkans and the Middle East, the Black Sea and the Aegean, give NRDC-GR the part as a force multiplier. “Gordian Knot 2020” Exercise is a unique opportunity for the Headquarters to test the rules and procedures that have been established. The Ministry of National Defence fully recognizes the importance of NRDC-GR’s role and its contribution to the defence of the Alliance in compliance with the principles of Democracy, National Sovereignty and Common Security.
It is a unique pleasure for me to express once again my appreciation for the exceptional work that is carried out here”.
“Gordian Knot 2020” Exercise was attended by the following Members of the Parliament: Marietta Giannakou, Head of the Hellenic Parliamentary Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (Member of Parliament State with New Democracy); Marios Salmas (Member of the Parliament for Aitoloakarnania with New Democracy); Nikolaos Manolakos (Member of the Parliament for 1st Piraeus and Islands district with New Democracy); Christos Spirtzis (Member of the Parliament for Eastern Attika with SYRIZA); Theodora Tzakri (Member of the Parliament for Pella with SYRIZA); Konstantinos Barkas (Member of the Parliament for Preveza with SYRIZA); Panagiotis Katsis (Member of the Parliament for Thesprotia with SYRIZA); Antonios Mylonakis (Member of the Parliament for the 1st District of Eastern Attika with GREEK SOLUTION); and Foteini Bakadima (Member of the Parliament for the 2nd District of Piraeus with MeRA25). The Exercise was also attended by the Commander of Allied Land Command (Izmir) Lieutenant General Roger L. Cloutier Jr., by representatives from the Regional and Local Administration, the Military Leadership, foreign Headquarters, NATO military observers, delegates from Diplomatic Missions, as well as Defence Attachés from countries of the Alliance and the Balkans.