US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to present new legislation to strengthen the United States’ defense partnership with Greece.
Entitled the Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act of 2021 between the United States and Greece, the bipartite legislation strengthens support for Greek military modernization, authorizing new transfers of American military equipment and fostering increased multilateral engagement between Cyprus, Greece, Israel and the United States.
“As a reliable NATO ally, Greece plays a vital role in promoting security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean … In order to ensure the security of the Eastern Mediterranean, the United States must strengthen its relations defense with Greece by supporting Greece’s efforts to modernize its military forces. This legislation aims to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the United States and Greece in order to advance our common values, promote security cooperation and support a secure Eastern Mediterranean for years to come, âsaid Menendez.
“This legislation reaffirms our strong commitment to the region at a time when malicious actors are striving to undermine international security and stability,” Rubio said.
The legislation calls for approval to sell F-35 multirole stealth aircraft to Greece and provides for loans that would help Athens acquire them.
Greece will also receive direct military aid worth $ 25 million per year for the period 2022-2026 and participate in the European Recapitalization Incentive Program, a special fund helping countries replace Russian-made equipment. .