Greece Receives Spain's Assurances to Deliver No Weapons to Turkey

Turkish soldiers  - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.12.2021
ATHENS (Sputnik) - Spain assured Greece that it would not supply offensive weapons to Turkey, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Wednesday after a meeting in Athens with his Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Albares.

"And I am very pleased to announce that I have received assurances from my Spanish counterpart that Spain acted and will always act within the European framework and within the European decisions. And I want to thank him for such clear regulations", Dendias said.

The foreign minister also said that he expressed concern about Spain's intention to roll out the military cooperation with Turkey, stressing that since 2008, in the European Council Common Position 944 governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment, the member states assumed obligations not to export technology and equipment, military technology and equipment which might be used for offensive operations.
Dendias also promised to support Spain in tackling the issues it might face, saying that Greece hoped to strengthen cooperation with Spain.
Greece was concerned about the expansion of Spain's cooperation with Turkey in the defence sector, in particular, in shipbuilding and unmanned aircraft production. The plans for cooperation were announced at a joint press conference of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on 17 November in Ankara.
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