Speaking yesterday at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, Greek National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos said that Greece did not supply Ukraine with
guns, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS, MLRS) and anti-ship missiles. The Minister denied the information published in the Greek media that the Greek government sent anti-ship missiles, artillery pieces and multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine:
As you know, we did not provide guns and rocket launchers (MLRS). Anti-ship missiles were requested, but we did not provide them, other countries did.
Ioannis Ikonomou, a government spokesman, said on Monday that the Greek Defense Ministry would inform political parties on Wednesday about arms supplies to Ukraine. He noted that the deliveries “are carried out on the basis of the decision of the government council for foreign affairs and defense, and the clear position of the government, agreed with partners and allies” of Athens, writes GreekReporter.
At the end of May, the Greek Minister of National Defense found himself in an uncomfortable position when the official opposition asked him about the covert shipment of weapons to Ukraine. Greece’s main opposition party SYRIZA accused the country’s leadership in the covert shipment of weapons to Ukraine. It is noteworthy that the parliamentarians learned about this not from their own government, but from US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who leaked this information on Twitter without hesitation.
They asked the Minister of Defense immediately inform the parties and parliament about what has happened by sending an urgent parliamentary inquiry to Nikos Panagiotopoulos demanding to state: “how many and what categories of weapons and ammunition of the Greek armed forces have been sent by the government to Ukraine to date, and whether there is a plan to continue these deliveries.”