‘If Greece Buys F-35 Fighters, Turkey Will Use S-400 Against Them’, Ret. General Says

Turkey is facing mounting pressure from its NATO allies in the Eastern Mediterranean region which makes its decision to deploy and operate the Russian-made S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system fully justified, says Ret. Major General Nejat Eslen commenting on Athens’ alleged plan to acquire fifth-generation F-35 stealth jets in 2021.

On 16 November, Greek weekly newspaper Proto Thema reported that Athens is striving to buy up to 24 brand-new or used fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets from the US, citing a letter written by Ret. Gen. Lieutenant General Theodoros Lagios, the head of the General Directorate for Defence Investments and Armaments. According to the newspaper, Athens is in haste as the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems procured by the Turks could create “problems” for daily activities in the Hellenic Air Force (HAF).

‘US Should Take Into Account Strategic Balance of Forces Between Turkey and Greece’

The US should think twice before bolstering the Greek military forces since Washington’s “full and unconditional support for Greece in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean regions is not in American interests”, according to the retired major general.

“Turkey is a very important player for the United States and NATO in general in terms of its geopolitical position and its real capabilities”, he says. “The US must take into account the strategic balance of forces between Turkey and Greece”.

Greek daily Kathimerini reported on 16 November that the country’s…

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