French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis signed on Tuesday, September 28, a military contract for Athens to order three frigates as part of the strengthening of the “strategic partnership” between the countries. This was reported by the newspaper Le Figaro.
According to Macron, we are talking about three Belharra frigates. They will be built in Lorient.
The French leader assured that such a contract is “an evidence of confidence and a demonstration of the quality of the French offer.”
Earlier, on Sept. 15, a trilateral security partnership, AUKUS, emerged through an agreement signed by representatives from Australia, Britain and the United States. For the sake of new nuclear submarines from Washington and London, Canberra terminated a $66 billion submarine supply contract with Paris and provoked a diplomatic scandal. At the same time, experts pointed out that the new alliance could be directed against China.
On September 18, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the crisis in relations would greatly influence the definition of NATO’s new strategic concept, but, according to him, this would not entail the country’s withdrawal from the alliance. As Secretary of State Clément Bon noted, Australia’s break of the submarine contract is an undermining of confidence not only in Paris, but also in Europe as a whole.