Greek Ministry of National Defense is discussing with the US expansion of the US military base in the Court in Crete and the transfer to the base of Turkey, told RIA Novosti source in the Greek Defense Ministry.
The naval base in the Court is one of the main strongholds of the US Navy and NATO naval forces in the eastern Mediterranean. The future base of the Minister of National Defense of Greece Panos Kammenos and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis discussed 24 March during the visit of Kammenos to Washington. According to Kammenos, a great discussion took place regarding the potential for expanding the base in the Court and its implications for the alliance. Kammenos also invited the US Secretary of Defense to come to Greece and visit the Court. Before that, the US Secretary of Defense visited Greece 27 years ago. Mattis accepted the invitation.
"Right now, issues of expansion of a US military base in the Court are discussed, including how long the US can be an agreement", - said a source in the Ministry of National Defense of Greece.
Agreement on the basis of renewed annually.
"We want to Court transferred the base of Incirlik (Turkey) It is in our interests, we will not be dependent on Turkey This also weaken Turkey..", - the source said, noting that Ankara's policy is difficult to predict, and no one knows, what actions can be taken President Tayyip Erdogan.
According to him, Ankara is constantly blackmailing the United States, threatening to close access to the Incirlik.
Incirlik Air Base is one of the main bases of the US and NATO in the region.
A source in the Ministry of Defense of Greece at the same time denied reports about plans to create a base of NATO in Macedonia.
"This is not a discussion Why should there base What is the meaning of its place Though, of course, we are interested in this, for obvious reasons difficult relations with Turkey.?" - a spokesman said.