Kyriakos Mitsotakis Rules Out Sending Greek Air Defence Assets to Ukraine

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has addressed concerns about providing air defence systems to Ukraine amid mounting pressure from EU and NATO allies, Reuters has reported.

With Russia intensifying air attacks on Ukraine, EU member states, particularly those possessing such systems like Greece and Spain, face calls to bolster Kyiv’s defences.

However, Mitsotakis clarified Greece’s stance, stating that the country would not be supplying S-300 or Patriot systems to Ukraine. This statement came during an interview on Skai TV.

EU ministers, acknowledging the urgency of enhancing Ukraine’s air defences, discussed potential measures but also refrained from committing to supplying Patriot systems, which are highly valued by Kyiv.

Mitsotakis elaborated on Greece’s position, explaining the reasons behind the refusal, citing the critical role of these systems in Greece’s deterrent capability.

Defence matters are particularly sensitive for Athens, especially given the ongoing tensions with Turkey, a concern amplified under a conservative government.

While Greece has provided various forms of military aid to Ukraine in the past, including rockets, explosives, IVF vehicles, incendiaries, ammunition, and anti-tank rockets, the provision of air defence systems like the S-300 or Patriot is off the table, according to Mitsotakis.

The United States is set to convene a virtual meeting on Friday for international aid donors to Ukraine.

This comes shortly after Congress resolved a six-month deadlock to approve a substantial $61 billion aid package for Ukraine, underscoring the international community’s commitment to supporting Kyiv in the face of Russian aggression.

Overall, Prime Minister Mitsotakis’s statement underscores Greece’s position regarding military aid to Ukraine, balancing international pressure with its own strategic considerations and regional dynamics.

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