What the government said about the possibility of modernizing Turkish F-16s from the United States and what it is silent about now

For the past 24 hours, the Greek government has been trying to convince the population that “Erdogan has not achieved anything outstanding at the NATO summit” using all media they control.

As we learned yesterday, the Americans will not only modernize old Turkish F-16s up to the latest version of block 50. They will also sell new aircraft to the Turks. And when the Erdogan era ends, Turkey will return to the F-35 program.

Unfortunately, the current government also acts in national affairs, mainly in the party-communicative plan, part-time. The Mitsotakis government is not interested in having benefits for the country, but in ensuring that the New Democracy government does not suffer reputational or other damage.

The Waterloo he endured, the many “agreements and alliances” he is said to have made, are not yet worth the paper they are written on! In addition, he dumped at least 7 billion euros on the backs of taxpayers (others estimate them at 10), not counting 20 F-35s, which will draw a considerable amount, while limiting all other points of view.

Obviously, from now on, the government narrative will take on a more solemn character. I am sure that we will be presented as the greatest success of Greek foreign policy that Erdogan did not raise the issue of the demilitarization of the Aegean Islands at the NATO summit. Where the Greek delegation was supposed to defend Ankara and the Erdogan regime! No one else dared to utter the word Turkey…

In fact, this is a serious defeat for Greece in its foreign and domestic policy, since all the loud statements of Kyriakos Mitsotakis about the exclusive relations of the United States towards Greece turned into a zilch. Turkey turned out to be more important allies for the US, despite the fact that Greece did everything possible and impossible by deploying 8 US military bases on its territory, which is a record figure for the EU countries.

About the author: Paris Karvounopoulos has been working as a journalist since 1986. Since 1993, he has covered the issues of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He worked for ANTENNA from 1991 to 2015. From 2010 to January 2016 he managed the website Onalert.gr. Today he is the military editor of Real News and a Reuters contributor. Chief Editor of Militaire.gr since February 29, 2016

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