Defence Minister Kammenos in Armenia on two-day official visit

The Greek and Armenian armed forces, which have excellent relations with NATO and the European Union but also with Russia, are a guarantee of stability in the broader region, Greece's National Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said in statements made on Wednesday in Armenia, where he is carrying out a two-day official visit.

Listing challenges faced by both countries, Kammenos included violations of Greece's air space and territorial waters by Turkish military aircraft and ships, as well as the continued occupation of the north half of Cyprus by Turkish troops. Referring to the problems faced by Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh and the threat of terrorism and "religious fundamentalism that is an enemy to all free countries," Kammenos said the two sides "will proceed to closer cooperation and to creating those conditions where, by preparing for war, you ensure peace."

Kammenos met his Armenian counterpart Seyran Ohanyan and Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, reaffirming the excellent climate in bilateral relations between Greece and Armenia.

He announced that the two countries will launch cooperation in the defence industry sector, for the mutual benefit of economic growth and their respective armed forces, and had meetings with Armenian armed forces officers that graduated from the Greek military academy.


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