Greek Prime Minister Orders Upgrade to Nation's Security

© AP Photo / Dimitris PapamitsosGreece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Greece’s new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis decided to reorganize the country’s national security agencies "to stand against contemporary challenges and new threats" facing Greece, the prime minister’s press service said.

"The main objective for the government is modernizing the country’s security policies. That is why it was decided that we need to institutionalize the position of a security adviser who would support the prime minister and communicate with the Defence Ministry", the press service said in a statement on Thursday.

According to the statement, Vice Admiral Alexandros Diakopoulos has been appointed to the new position.

Moreover, Mitsotakis has decided that Greece’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) should be restructured. The prime minister appointed Panagiotis Kontoleon to become the head of the agency.

Kontoleon is known for having headed large security firms, including G4S multinational security service.

Kontoleon will be tasked with modernizing NIS to fight traditional threats, as well as address new challenges, including cyberwars and international terrorist and criminal groups.

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