U.S. Secretary of Defence speaks to Greek counterpart following Akar call

Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos briefed his U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin on Thursday about Turkey’s behaviour in the eastern Mediterranean in 2020. 

Prior to the phone call, which reportedly took place at Austin’s request, the U.S. secretary of defence had also talked to his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar.

Panagiotopoulos reportedly gave Austin a detailed account of Greek-Turkish relations, pointing out the effects Ankara’s behaviour could have on the cohesion of the NATO alliance and the security situation in the eastern Mediterranean.

The two ministers also expressed their common intention to expand and deepen the existing Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement.

(A version of this article was originally published by the Kathimerini and reproduced by permission.)