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Greece Ready to Host US Military Bases Amid Turkey’s Threats to Close Incirlik - Source

© AP Photo / Burhan OzbiliciU.S. Air Force servicemen prepare an EA-6B prowler, a radar jamming plane, at the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey (File)
U.S. Air Force servicemen prepare an EA-6B prowler, a radar jamming plane, at the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey (File) - Sputnik International
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ATHENS (Sputnik) - Greece could host US military bases on its territory if Turkey decides to close the Incirlik and Kurecik airbases, a Greek diplomatic source told reporters on Thursday.
"Obviously, we can host any facility. We, fortunately, have enough of those", the source said, answering the question on Greece’s readiness to host US military bases if Turkey will close them.

When asked about Greece’s willingness to place nuclear weapons on its territory, which are reportedly located in Incirlik, the source replied that he could not confirm whether such weapons were actually located in Turkey.

According to the source, should the US express the desire to expand its military cooperation with Greece, Athens would gladly consider it.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that Ankara could respond to Washington's sanctions over Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile systems, including by closing the Incirlik and Kurecik airbases.

On 5 October, the US and Greece signed a revised defence cooperation deal as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Athens. The deal involved an increase in joint US-Greece military activity, but Pompeo denied that the agreement was against any third party.

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