US defence interest goes beyond Souda Bay

eKathimerini — US interest in boosting defence ties with Greece remains strong, but Souda Bay, which accommodates aircraft carriers and repair facilities for destroyers, has limited prospects for expansion, so authorities are said to be considering a new base in southern Crete to host special forces following the transfer of MQ-9 drones to a US base in Larissa.

It is clear that boosting Greek-American ties and supporting the cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel in the region are of key strategic interest to the US.

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell is said to be increasingly supportive of a more pivotal role in the region for both Greece and Cyprus.

According to sources, Mitchell has been of the opinion that Greece has the opportunity to “play ball” since Turkey has become a more volatile factor in the region.