Final decision on French frigates, according to Greek Defense Ministry – Greek City Times

Greece will honor an agreement to buy three frigates from France, a source at the Greek Defense Ministry said on Saturday after a competing US offer threatened to cancel the contract.

“Since we have been in discussion with the Greeks, the American offer is no longer on the table… We have also signed the contract with the Greeks.

It was initialed a few days ago, “the French Ministry of the Armed Forces told AFP. A source at the Greek Ministry of Defense said that” the agreement is in progress and is advancing. “It has been done. at the highest possible level.

On Friday, the US State Department announced that it had approved the sale for $ 6.9 billion of four Lockheed Martin combat frigates, known as multi-mission surface combatants.

The announcement suggested that France faced a new threat of arms trade deal after the United States snatched a massive submarine contract for Australia in a shock announcement on September 15 that severed relations between Washington and Paris.

France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia and called it a “stab in the back” by an ally when Canberra scrapped a long-standing multibillion-euro deal for buy conventional French submarines for an American nuclear-powered ship.

Decision of the Greek government to buy 3 French frigates is final in a letter published by the Greek Ministry of Defense

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