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Greek Defense Minister acknowledged new arms supplies to Kyiv

Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos. File photoATHENA, May 24.Greek National Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos acknowledged that Greece had supplied Ukraine with new arms shipments, in addition to those sent at the end of February. On Tuesday, Greece's largest opposition party, the Radical Left Coalition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, said the government had concealed from the people the shipment of heavy weapons to Ukraine, and demanded that the Ministry of Defense immediately provide information. The joint statement was signed by the heads of the SYRIZA national defense sector, Thodoris Dritsas and Yorgos Tsipras, and the former Greek Foreign Minister, head of the SYRIZA foreign policy sector, Yorgos Katrungalos. Ukraine with defense equipment to protect itself from an attack from Russia.Defense materials are provided from the reserves that the country has and does not in the least weaken its defense capability.Greece cannot be an exception to other EU member states that do the same “, the minister said in a statement. SYRIZA said in this regard that the response of the minister of defense further discredits the government, and it is responsible for its secret choice. .jpg” />Biden said that the United States and Greece are together opposing Russia “The Ministry of Defense and the government as a whole have been hiding the truth for three months when they answered that they had sent a batch of Kalashnikov assault rifles and “launchers” of an unknown number and type. Refuting the publications, Panagiotopoulos called April 18 a lie,” that we sent weapons six times, but what we sent went six routes. “He now admits that the shipments are continuing,” the SYRIZA defense sector said in a statement. The opposition emphasizes that the defense minister lied when he said on April 13 that “There is no talk of a new shipment of weapons.” “The Greek government not only continues to send weapons, possibly heavy ones, but is ashamed of it and hides it because it fears a public reaction,” the statement said. The government still does not indicate, although it is obliged to do so, in what quantity and what kind of weapons and ammunition it has sent and will send, as all other governments do, said SYRIZA.Greece 27 February sent 40 tons of “defense” equipment through Poland to Ukraine on two S-130 aircraft. Since then, the Greek government has stated several times that it does not plan to send new batches of weapons to Ukraine in order not to weaken its defenses.Senator Dzhabarov said that Greece was on a par with the US and NATOOn the eve of Prime Minister Mitsotakis's scheduled visit to the US on May 16-18 and his meeting with President Joe Biden, publications appeared in the Greek media about the US and Germany's demand to send Soviet-made weapons to Ukraine, which is in service with the Greek army. The official representative of the Greek government, Yannis Ikonomou, did not answer a question at a briefing about sending additional batches of Soviet-made weapons to Ukraine. M1″, military anti-aircraft missile systems “Osa-AKM” (according to NATO classification SA-8 Gecko “Gecko”), anti-tank missile systems “Kornet-E” and “Fagot”, landing hovercraft “Zubr”, armored infantry vehicles For several years, the United States has been trying to get Greece to abandon Soviet and Russian-made weapons and replace them with American ones. Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goal “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” bloody crimes against civilians” of Donbass. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces strike only at military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops and, as of March 25, they have completed the main tasks of the first stage – they have significantly reduced the combat potential of Ukraine. The main goal in the Russian military department was called the liberation of Donbass.


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