During Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis trip to the United States, and especially during his meeting with President Joe Biden, the issue of getting F-35s was officially cleared up, and the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) was also talked about.
The Greek Prime Minister’s position on these issues, however, came after he referred to Cypriot issue.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis in parts of his statements said:
“Mr. President Joe Biden, you are extremely aware of the Cyprus issue and please use all your influence to get the negotiation process back on track in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. No one can and will accept a two-state solution in Cyprus.
The Balkans are also quite fragile. We must keep the European perspective alive and tangible. Greece is a pillar of regional prosperity and security and we will always seek peaceful means to resolve our differences with our neighbors. I am convinced that we can achieve this. We place great emphasis on the 3 + 1 regional alliance scheme that connects USA with Greece, Cyprus and Israel.
And at the same time, Mr. President, we will continue to invest in our Armed Forces and be absolutely clear that we will not let anyone violate our sovereignty and our sovereign rights. And we do it to strengthen not only Greece, but also the southeastern wing of NATO.
We will continue our long-term cooperation between our defense industries.
We will begin the process of acquiring a squadron of F-35 aircraft.
And we hope to be able to add this fantastic aircraft to the strength of the Hellenic (Greek) Air Force before the end of this decade.
And I’m glad that on Friday, Lockheed Martin formally expressed its interest in investing in Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI). The ties that connect us, the ties between America and Greece go far beyond our common history, security and defense.
They span many fields, from trade to tourism and from technology to cultural exchanges. There is so much, ladies and gentlemen, that both sides can win. As you know, Greece has experienced serious difficulties,” said the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in parts of his statements.
After acquiring the RAFALE F3R, F-16V, and F-35 fighter jets, Greece will be able to entirely dominate the airspace over the Eastern Mediterranean against Turkey. This will provide Greece with complete air dominance, allowing it to teach Turkey a lesson for violating Greek airspace on a daily basis.