Article of Defence Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos at “”

July 8, 2021

Two years have passed since the great political victory of New Democracy, the great center-right wing, under the leadership of Kyriakos Mitsotakis. On 7 July 2019, the Greek people gave a clear mandate to move forward, to fulfil the people’s expectations, worthy of the trust of each and every Greek citizen. For a period of two very harsh years we prove every day that the N.D. is the only steady political power that puts the Country back to normality, and it actually does so during especially dire times.

Since the summer of 2019 until today, we have been proving every day that we are made for hardships, each one from the position appointed by the Prime Minister. We have chosen not to hide behind petty practices of the Parties and polarization scenarios. We speak every day through our work and the struggle to objectively face difficult situations.

Among other things, the government has faced and is still facing unprecedented challenges regarding national issues. With regard to the Ministry of National Defence, the intensive effort of building and reinforcing alliances, in the context of defence diplomacy, coincides with the reinforcement of the Armed Forces defence power, through a cautiously planned and prioritized programming.

At the same time, we have faced with determination and in absolute cooperation with other involved agents the guided attempt of illegal immigrants’ invasion, through the ground and sea borders of the country. We stood in the front line of the events and we have proved that we are not afraid. We have protected the Greek borders with courage and vigour, which constitute Europe’s borders as well. We have had partners and allies by our side, realising the risks lurking from this kind of violating behaviours.

But we did not hold back. With composure and methodology we have proceeded with the activation of powerful allied bonds with countries that share common concerns with us and disagree with every attempt to establish faits accomplis in the Eastern Mediterranean through promoting unilateral actions. Through argumentation and proven facts, we internationalized Turkey’s violating behaviour in the Eastern Mediterranean, as an issue of the European Union’s vital interests, incorporating it in the European-Turkish relations framework.

In the two years of firm governing, with the guidance of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, we have designed and implemented a complete, utterly well- studied and realistic plan regarding the country’s defence armouring. Already, in a few days, the first new “Rafale” fighters will be delivered to the Hellenic Air Force, the modernization of F-16, “Viper” category, is proceeding, modern military equipment is delivered and soon there will be developments with the Intermediate Solution and the multirole Frigate regarding the Hellenic Navy.

This is New Democracy, the wing that guarantees the European orientation of the country, the reforms and the confirmation of its role as a pillar of peace, security and stability in the region.

The Mitsotakis Government is the only one of the Political Changeover that amidst its term does not count casualties. It counts successes, because Greece regained its reliability and upgraded its position in Europe and worldwide. It turned from an observer into a joint shaper of the developments in the E.U. Indeed, today, it is recognized as a pillar of stability and security in our disturbed neighbourhood.