U.S. troops will have access to Greek military bases within five years after Greece extended a bilateral military agreement, saying it was necessary to stabilize a region turbulent over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.
The deal with the center-right government in Athens will allow U.S. military access to three bases on mainland Greece and the NATO naval base in Souda Bay on the island of Crete. The move replaces an annual review of the agreement with a five-year agreement.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will travel to Washington on Monday to meet with President Biden at the White House.
“We discussed how the United States and Greece can work together to strengthen our extraordinary … alliance for security and prosperity, building on our amazing momentum,” U.S. Ambassador to Greece George J. “
The deal was opposed by the country’s main opposition left-wing Syriza, saying it did not provide adequate security for Athens. On Thursday, the KKE unfurled a banner against the military deal on the Acropolis. The banner read: “No war. Say no to the basis of death.”
• This article is partly based on Telegram service reports.